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There are many types and sizes of fil­ters avail­able to address the var­i­ous types of poten­tial water qual­i­ty issues expe­ri­enced in Sut­ton town water or pri­vate wells. There are car­tridge style water fil­ters and whole house water fil­ters which will be reviewed in the bal­ance of this write-up.  Match­ing the right tech­nol­o­gy and siz­ing the sys­tem to meet the water usage demands of your home are crit­i­cal to select­ing the best approach for your sit­u­a­tion.  Addi­tion­al­ly, a pro­fes­sion­al­ly plumbed sys­tem is para­mount as well as main­te­nance of the sys­tem through­out the years to opti­mize the use­ful life and prop­er func­tion­ing of your new water fil­tra­tion equip­ment.


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There are var­i­ous types and sizes of water fil­ter car­tridges with dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing fea­tures relat­ing to what you are try­ing to mechan­i­cal­ly remove from the water.  These fil­ters do not work on remov­ing dis­solved impu­ri­ties from the water as oth­er tech­nolo­gies must be used for this pur­pose.

SEDIMENT WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE , as their name implies, are for remov­ing sed­i­ment (par­tic­u­late mat­ter) from the water sup­ply. The key char­ac­ter­is­tics relate to the micron rat­ing of the fil­ter designed to remove par­ti­cles at or greater than a spec­i­fied size and also capac­i­ty in terms of how long the sed­i­ment fil­ter will work before it is no longer able to remove sed­i­ment. Spec­i­fy­ing a micron rat­ing that is too small for instal­la­tion at the water’s point of entry into your home, for exam­ple, may cause an unac­cept­able drop in water pres­sure.  Spec­i­fy­ing a micron rat­ing that is not small enough may pro­duce less than opti­mal results in keep­ing sed­i­ment out of your water sup­ply.  Some­times tri­al and error becomes the route to deter­min­ing what works best in your sit­u­a­tion. Expe­ri­enced water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als have the ben­e­fit of many years of tri­al and error and will usu­al­ly know what will work best in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

SEDIMENT FILTERS ARE IMPORTANT because sed­i­ment can be abra­sive to all of your water using appli­ances and can also neg­a­tive­ly affect oth­er types of water fil­tra­tion or water soft­en­ing equip­ment that you may have installed or are plan­ning to install in your home or oth­er facil­i­ty. Remov­ing sed­i­ment is also a good step in pro­vid­ing bet­ter drink­ing water, although not the only step if a high­er lev­el of puri­ty is desired.  (For more on high qual­i­ty drink­ing water, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/reverse-osmosis-ro-water-purification/.

CARBON WATER FILTER CARTRIDGES use acti­vat­ed car­bon to remove chem­i­cals (such as chlo­rine, volatile organ­ics and oth­ers) and some bad tastes and odors from water.  Car­bon fil­ters are also com­po­nents of reverse osmo­sis purifi­ca­tion sys­tems to remove chlo­rine from water pri­or to flow­ing to the sys­tems’ mem­brane which can be neg­a­tive­ly affect­ed by the chlo­rine. Water pass­es through acti­vat­ed car­bon, which is porous, trap­ping cer­tain par­ti­cles that are attract­ed to the porous mate­r­i­al in a process known as adsorp­tion.  At some point, adsorp­tion capac­i­ty is exceed­ed and the fil­ter must be changed in order to be effec­tive.  As with sed­i­ment water fil­ters, the micron rat­ing and size of the fil­ter must be matched to the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion.

There are also oth­er types of water fil­ter car­tridges for very spe­cif­ic pur­pos­es such as pH neu­tral­iz­ing, pipe pro­tec­tion and oth­ers.  These may be intro­duced to you by your water treat­ment pro­fes­sion­al if your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion war­rants.

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A water soft­en­er is a type of whole house water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that is designed for remov­ing hard water min­er­als (mag­ne­sium & cal­ci­um) as well as dis­solved iron and man­ganese from the water.  For water with high lev­els of iron or man­ganese (“the stain­ers”), an “up-flow” water soft­en­er is rec­om­mend­ed to pre­vent min­er­al build-up in the bot­tom of the water soft­en­er.  Also, high effi­cien­cy water soft­en­ers that are more effi­cient with both water and salt usage are pre­ferred.


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In sit­u­a­tions where there is high water usage and the use of car­tridge fil­ters doesn’t make sense, a point of entry sys­tem may be the solu­tion.  These sys­tems do not require the fre­quen­cy of change-outs that car­tridge fil­ters do and have the abil­i­ty to auto­mat­i­cal­ly clean them­selves, extend­ing the life of the media inside the tank.  Anoth­er exam­ple would be if your town sup­plied water is high in chlo­rine and you wish to elim­i­nate it from your water sup­ply, a point of entry car­bon water fil­ter will have enough capac­i­ty to last much longer and also remove more of the chlo­rine due to longer “con­tact time” that the water has with the fil­ter.


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In addi­tion to the above sys­tems, there are many oth­er types of sys­tems to remove bad tastes & odors, sed­i­ment and many oth­er objec­tion­able min­er­als and con­t­a­m­i­nants in the water.  Start­ing with a water test will dic­tate the right approach.  For more infor­ma­tion on com­mon bad odors & tastes in New Eng­land water sup­plies, see the link at http://h2ocare.com/bad-odor-taste-water/.

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H2O Care is an established full service water filtration and testing organization, originally formed in 1989,  with offices in Hudson  & Middleton, MA.  See our written and published articles on common regional water problems in Water Technology Magazine by going to our website, http://h2ocare.wpengine.com and going to the publications photo on the home page or the tab at the top of the home page.  Contact us by email at [email protected] or call us at 800–539-1100

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