Water Filter - Twin Purifier - Install under the sink
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Stage 1: A ceramic barrier filters 99.99% of all particles larger than one micron (not visible to the naked eye). This includes bacteria, parasites, metals, organic matter and other chemicals. As deposits accumulate on the filter's outer surface, they can be easily removed, allowing the cartridge to be re-used again and again.
Stage 2: A premium grade Granular Activated Carbon filler eliminates organic pollutants such as agricultural pesticides and herbicides. Silver impregnation reduces the build-up of any remaining bacteria.
Stage 3: A different type of Carbon filter removes chlorine and improves taste and smell. Silver impregnation provides a second barrier to bacteria.
Stage 4: Special flow baffles improve the efficiency of the filtration process.
Stage 5: This ion exchange resin takes out dissolved metals such as cadmium, lead, copper and mercury.
Stage 6: A pure polypropylene layer prevents the escape of any carbon or resin particles.
Answer: The 'Fountain' removes a broad range of contaminants from water. Contaminants found in water can essentially be placed in three different categories - microbiological, chemical & aesthetic. Impurities within these categories that are removed by the Pearl filter include - harmful bacteria, protozoa organisms, chlorine, trihalomethanes, volatile organic chemicals (VOC), synthetic organic chemicals (SOC), foul tastes & odours, rust particles, sediment, aluminium sulphate and numerous other undesirable elements including dissolved and particulate metals.
3) Question: Will there be a noticeable difference in the quality of water from the filtered supply?
Answer: Yes. Most people immediately notice a significant difference in the overall quality of purified water when they install a ‘Fountain' system. The extent of this depends largely on the level of contaminants in the water and individual sensory thresholds. Most complaints relating to the taste and odour of tap water are due to the presence of chlorine. As the system also removes wide range of impurities and contaminants, people often notice a marked improvement in the clarity and taste of the purified water. Pure water enhances the flavour of tea, coffee, soups and cooking in general.
4) Question: How does the ‘Fountain' system work?
Answer: By lifting or pressing the lever on the tap body, cold water is diverted through a non-return valve to the purification unit located under the sink. The housing of this unit contains the replaceable Fresh Water 1000X-25-SM cartridge. The cartridge is constructed in six stages:
a) An outer shell of microporous ceramic that removes harmful bacteria, protozoa cysts and all particles above 0.9µ (micron). The ceramic element is proven to remove 99.99% of particles between 0.6 - 0.7µ (micron). For comparative purposes a red blood cell is approximately 5µ (microns) in size while the lower field of human vision is estimated at 20µ.
b) A premium grade anthracite based Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) to complement Stage (d) for the elimination of organic pollutants. These include chlorine, pesticides and other organic chemicals, foul tastes and odours and numerous other undesirable impurities.
c) Separation baffle to counteract channelling and improve contact time.
d) Another type of premium grade coconut G.A.C e) Selective ion exchange resin to especially remove dissolved heavy metals such as lead, copper, cadmium and mercury.
f) A pure polypropylene sinter to prevent escape of any filtration media. After purification the water continues through its own separate channel and is dispensed via a dedicated or three way tap.
5) Question: How will I know when I need to change the cartridge?
Answer: After six months use the filtration media begins to lose its effectiveness, usually coinciding with a significant decrease in the pure water flow as the ceramic outer section begins to clog with contaminants. We will automatically contact you via email or traditional post to let you know when the filter is due to be replaced.
6) Question: How difficult is it to change the cartridge?
Answer: The procedure for replacing the cartridge is very simple and takes only a few minutes. The company does provide a call out cartridge replacement service thought this is very rarely required. Full Instructions explaining how to change the cartridge can be found in the installation Instructions and also come with every Replacement Cartridge.
7) Question: How much space does the system require?
Answer: The system takes-up very little space: the purifier, which is only 31cms high, will fit neatly under the sink in any size base unit.
8) Question: Does the ‘Fountain' require the use of chemicals or electricity?
Answer: No. The system has been designed to work from mains water pressure, does not require the use of any chemicals and the cartridge is constructed entirely of natural.
9) Question: What is the operating pressure of the ‘Fountain' system?
Answer: The system works on normal mains pressure. The maximum pressure that the unit should be subjected to has been calculated at 75psi (5 bars), and the minimum recommended pressure is 25 psi (1.7bars). Average mains pressure falls somewhere between the above while the pressure from a header tank in a bungalow is likely to be lower than the recommended minimum. Small pumps are available to deal with low pressure situations and pressure limiting valves can be supplied for households experiencing a higher than average water pressure.
10) Question: What is the flow rate from the pure water supply?
Answer: On normal water pressure the average flow rate of the pure water supply can go up to around 3 litres per minute. For optimum chemical removal performance, the service valve can be adjusted to provide a flow rate of around 1.5 litres per minute.
11) Question: What are the minimum and maximum temperatures the system should be subjected to?
Answer: The purifier should never be subjected to freezing temperatures as this can damage the unit. Damage can also occur if the purifier is connected to a hot water supply.
12) Question: Does the ‘Fountain' system soften water?
Answer: No. The ‘Fountain' is not a water softener but can be used in conjunction with a household softener thereby supplying hot soft water, cold soft water and hard pure drinking water. Hard water is good for drinking while soft water is beneficial for bathing and other uses that do not involve the actual consumption of water.
13) Question: Do I need to purchase a separate purifier for the water dispenser in my American style fridge or for my instant hot water unit?
Answer: No. A special fixing kit incorporating a tee piece is available, thereby allowing two separate supplies of purified water to be drawn from a single unit.
14) Question: Will the purifier stop my kettle from scaling up?
Answer: To a degree the answer is yes, though this reduction will be limited and depends on the overall chemistry of the water. The ‘Fountain' is not a water softener, and unlike some filters, does not remove the minerals essential to good health and taste. Calcium and magnesium, perhaps the most essential of these minerals, are the cause of scaling. Some contaminants combine with these minerals and by removing the contaminants the scaling effect can be reduced. When water is boiled, some of the temporary hardness (in the form of calcium carbonate) precipitates into the water. In extreme cases this results in the appearance of white flecks in the boiled water or as a surface film on tea and coffee. A convenient remedy for this problem is to use one of the new generation of kettles now available. These kettles incorporate a fine mesh screen that remove the precipitate but not the dissolved minerals, thereby complementing the use of the ‘Fountain' system.
15) Question: How do I clean the tap without damaging the finish?
Answer: Care should be taken not to damage the plated or painted finish of the tap. To clean, all that is required is to gently wipe over the surface with a soft damp cloth. You should not under any circumstances use abrasive liquids, powders, or scouring pads to clean coloured taps.
16) Question: Does the ‘Fountain' system remove nitrates?
Answer: The ‘Fountain' system is not designed to remove nitrates and while it will remove a certain percentage, this can be regarded as accidental. The actual amount removed depends on whether or not any of the nitrate present is organically bound. However the FW2000 can incorporate a second cartridge for special needs such as the removal of nitrates.
17) Question: Will the ‘Fountain' fit a sink with a standard size hole?
Answer: Yes. The base of the ‘Fountain' tap conforms with European standards relating to the diameter of the tap base and the diameter of the fixing hole. The thread size of our standard tap is only 12mm so an additional drinking tap on any work surface or in the corner of any sink is very easy to install.
18) Question: I have heard that water filters breed bacteria, is this true?
Answer: Yes, but it does not apply to the ‘Fountain' system. Certain carbon filters have in fact been criticised for their ability to breed bacteria. However, in fairness to the manufacturers of these, the situation has been widely exaggerated and only applies to heterotrophic opportunistic bacteria. By comparison the ceramic shell of the 1000X-25-SM cartridge was originally developed for its bacteriological removal capability.
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