Despite their usefulness, filter pitchers are a bit of a pain to use. They don’t work very quickly, their filter modules take up space even when they’re not in use, and worst of all, they only let you fill one pitcher at a time. Needless to say, they’re desperately in need of a design overhaul.
Luckily, Kor (best known for its reusable water bottles) has risen to the occasion. Despite being the company’s first foray into the world of water filtration devices, the Kor Water Fall helps to solve most (if not all) of the problems caused by traditional filter pitchers.
Drawing inspiration form all the pour-over coffee makers that seem to be en vogue right now, the Water Fall ditches the built-in filter/reservoir. Instead, the water reservoir and filter are located in their own standalone fixture. To use it, you simply fill one of the accompanying glass carafes with tap water, pour it into the reservoir on top, place the carafe underneath, and turn a knob to begin filtering. After gravity pulls it down through the filter, the purified water ends up back in the glass carafe, which can then be fitted with a cap and stored in your fridge.
It’s a pretty simple idea, but separating the filter from the water storage vessel will presumably alleviate all the little annoyances that come with water filtration. With this system, you’ll be able to filter water quickly, and fill up as many pitchers as you want.
Unfortunately you can’t get one on your countertop quite yet, as Water Fall is merely a prototype at this point, but Kor hopes to jumpstart mass production of the device with a Kickstarter campaign. THe company is looking to raise $50K to bring the product to life, and is already well on its way to doing so. At time of writing, Kor has raised over $32K from more than 470 backers, and still has nearly a month left in the campaign. If you back the project now, you can lock down a Water Fall for around $60 to $70, depending on your backer level. If all goes well, the company hopes to ship the first units to backers as early as March 2015. Find out more here.