Pretty, tasty water
You're certainly not going to confuse Aquaovo's Ovopur with your standard water cooler.
I first encountered the egg shaped filtration unit at the Interior Design Show. While I did get a sample sip, I didn't have much of an opportunity to learn more about it.
Luckily, I ran into the folks from the Montreal-based Aquaovo again at the National Home Show, and this time we had a chance to chat.
Aquaovo is the brainchild of Noemie and Manuel Desrochers, and the Ovopur is their eco-friendly solution to provide quality drinking water from the tap, with the aim of making bulky, unattractive water coolers, and bottled water, obsolete.
The porcelain, metal and glass unit also aims to encourage people to further incorporate water into their lifestyle, through a design that they hope people won't want to hide in a dark corner of the kitchen.
The unit's also supposed to be very user friendly — basically just fill it with tap water, let it trickle through the Aquacristal filter (which is also reusable — you can return the used cartridges for a rebate), pour and drink.
This eco-friendly filtration system's not cheap— the unit costs $689 and filters run about $59, and must be replaced three times a year.
But, over time, the company says the savings will add up. In the first year, they estimate the price per litre at $0.40 compared to $0.41 for bottled water (based on consumption of 2,000 litres a year). In the following years, the price per litre drops to $0.07, with refills at $159, while bottled water is estimated at $0.31 per litre.
What do you think? Is the design and green cred worth the investment? Would this encourage you to drink more water?