Monday, July 2, 2007

Recycle that Brita Filter

Clean waters are something we all desire, but at what cost? Currently we use the Brita on-tap water filtration system. We have used this type of system for several years without any type of problems. These units are reasonable in price, about $32.99 for the unit and one filter. Where the price jumps up to bite you is in the cost of the replacement filters,about $34.99 for 2. That's $17.50 per filter, or $.17 per gallon of water. The manufacturer rates these filters for 100 gallons,including a 3 - 5 gallon burn in time to activate the charcoal.

After religiously replacing the filter when the little red light went on, I thought to myself. Why am I throwing away this seemingly good filter? The water tastes fine, and its still clear. As it turns out there is a way to reuse the filter when the tap unit says it is dead. In the directions it states to leave the old filter off for over 3-5 minutes. This allows the unit ( called a "memo" ) to reset its timer for the replacement filter. So instead of putting on a new filtration unit just replace the old one.
Presto another 100 gallons!
Directly from Brita Central
How long will my BRITA tap water filter cartridge last?

The tap water filter has been designed to last for an average of 3 months*. The traffic light system reminds you when the cartridge is expiring. When the cartridge is nearly exhausted the light will turn from green to amber to remind you to get your new cartridge ready. Once the cartridge has completely expired the light will go red to let you know that it is no longer working and needs to be replaced.

* Based on average usage/500 litres or 3 months. Whichever comes first.
Considering that we use the filter only to remove the sulfur smell from the water, I take that as the signifying marker of when to replace the unit.

Health concerns...
Reusing a water filter is solely up to you! If at anytime there is an unusual smell or leaking around the faucet replace the filter immediately!!! The smell could be bacteria malingering in the unit. The leak could indicate a sediment buildup. In either case immediate replacement is recommended. I try to use a filter four times before discarding it, gaining an extra mile out of the filters which are only recommended for replacement every three months. Knocking my cost per gallon down to $.04.
Water in its purist form feeds the mind, as well as the body.

No comments: