|Item Weight||29.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8.5 x 26 x 15.5 inches|
|Item model number||WGB22B-PB|
|Style||Lead & Iron Removal|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Included Components||1 Carbon Block 5 micron 20"x4.5" filter, 1 Lead removal cartridge (FCRC25B), filter housing wrench, manual|
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
iSpring WGB22B-PB Lead Iron Chloride Reducing 2-Stage 80,000 Gal. Big Blue Whole House Water Filter
- Make sure this fits by entering your model number.
- Equipped with gradient two stage filtration, iSpring WGB22B-PB whole house water system removes sediment, chlorine, lead, Iron,rust, pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, VOCs, and various other contaminants. With 1 inch NPT inlet/ outlet, it has minimum impact on water flow and requires minimum maintenance.
- Installed at the main water supply to treat all the water you use in your entire home. Enjoy better water from every tap and every appliance in the whole house. In addition to the basic features of sediment, chlorine and odor removal, this system also excels in the reduction of Lead and iron residue to protect your home appliances, such as the dishwasher and washing machine and to provide you safe water to drink.
- Unlike an RO system, this system will NOT reduce Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), thus it keeps the healthy minerals in the water.
- The first stage CTO Carbon Block filter uses high quality coconut shell carbon for maximum filtration efficiency and filter life. Both are tested by independent third-party to meet NSF/ANSI Standards. Both filters have a capacity of 100,000 gallon of water to supply one full year of clean water for a family of four.
- The second stage FCRC25B Lead & Iron removal filter features high capacity at 15,000 ppm for lead. Effectively reduces lead to below 15 ppb (EPA standard for drinking water).
- Package includes - black metal bracket, two big blue housings with caps, two filter cartridges, and a 4.5 inch housing wrench.
- The model# of the original filter cartridge pack in the system is F4WGB22BPB, which includes these genuine iSpring Big Blue Filter cartridges: FC25B, FCRC25B.
|Save on AmazonBasics and SupplyMaster Safety Gear|
SupplyMaster Disposable Exam Nitrile Gloves, 400 pk $24.30
AmazonBasics Blue Light Blocking Safety Glasses, 12pk $54.99
AmazonBasics Noise Reduction Safety Earmuffs $11.99
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
From the manufacturer
At iSpring, we look beyond technology to make high quality drinking water accessible for all households. We provide our customers with professional water solutions to any water concerns they may have.
iSpring carbon block filter uses high quality coconut shell carbon and highly compact fabrication tech for maximum filtration efficiency and filter life.
Ultra filtration capacity for lead at 15,000ppm (the average lead level found in Flint, Michigan is 100ppb). Filtration Capacity: 150k gal at 100ppb for lead; 10k gal at 3.0ppm for iron.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: With this whole house system, do I still need to install a water softener if my water is very hard?
A: Yes, a water softener is needed if your source water has a high level of hardness, usually with TDS higher than 700 PPM. Hard water can reduce the lifespan of whole house water filter cartridges. The harder the water, the greater amount of scale buildup occurs, and the sooner the filters get clogged.
This whole house water filter can remove 95% of sediment, chlorine, rust, pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, VOCs, and various other contaminants that a regular water softener can't, although it does not soften your water. It is recommended that you install this WGB22B series whole house system after your water softener to achieve optimal performance if you have hard water.
To determine which product best suits your need, it is recommended that you get a professional water test done prior to purchase to identify the main issue of your source water.
NOTE: Water Softeners and whole house systems usually do not lower the TDS level of the water. An additional Reverse Osmosis system may be necessary for your drinking water. Please consult iSpring professionals prior to purchase if you are unsure of which product will meet your needs.
Go to iSpring Store for more details
- The link is under the product title.
100,000-gallon capacity replaceable highly compact coconut shell activated carbon filter provides a full year of clean water for your entire family.
The WGB22B series is equipped with premium coconut shell carbon block filter. The densely packed carbon block filtration media provides more effective contaminant removal and longer filter life.
This whole house system removes up to 98 percent of sediment, chlorine, chloramines, chemicals, heavy metals and other contaminants that create color, foul tastes and odors. (Tested by SGS, 2018)
|Filter Size||4.5" x 10"||2.5" x 20"||4.5" x 20"||4.5" x 20"||4.5" x 20"|
|Filtration Capacity||Up to 50,000 Gallon (6 Months)||Up to 50,000 Gallon (6 Months)||Up to 100,000 Gallon (12 Months)||Up to 100,000 Gallon (12 Months)||Up to 100,000 Gallon (12 Months)|
|Water Pressure Delivered||Up to 15 GPM||Up to 12 GPM||Up to 15 GPM||Up to 15 GPM||Up to 15 GPM|
|Treats Chlorine, Chloramines, Hydrogen Sulfide Gas||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
The WGB22B-PB whole house filtration system is a great "point of entry" filtration system for cleaning up well water. Unlike "point of use" systems (like reverse osmosis systems) that are installed to supply water to a specific faucet, the WGB22B-PB filters your water from the source. This means water from every output in your home will have passed through the two filtration stages of the WGB22B-PB. So what exactly do these two stages of filtration offer?
The first stage of the WGB22B-PB houses a 5-micron CTO coconut shell carbon block filter. Block carbon is more effective than other forms of carbon in that it is finely ground up carbon packed into a solidified block. This means they have a higher density than other types of carbon filters, and are therefore more effective in removing their targeted contaminants. The carbon block filter knocks out bad tastes and odors, removes over 90% of chlorine from the water, and is highly effective on organic chemicals (VOCs) like pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals.
The second stage of the WGB22B-PB houses an iron and lead reducing filter. The FCRC25B iron and lead reducing filter is only included with the WGB22B-PB (and the WGB32B-PB), as it is not needed for most municipal water supplies that the WGB22B targets.
If you are on municipal (city) water or a generally clean water supply, you may want to consider the WGB22B over the WGB22B-PB. For removing contaminants and heavy metals like lead and iron found in the majority of well water supplies however, the WGB22B-PB fits the bill.
*Note* The lead & iron reducing filter #FCRC25B's capacity for iron is much lower than the capacity for lead. Depending on the amount in your water, the filter may lose effectiveness in removing iron before the life of the filter expires. If iron is the main concern, you may instead want to look at using a filter specifically for iron such as the #FM25B, which is also included in our whole house systems #WGB22BM and #WGB32BM.
Showing 1-8 of 118 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Disappointingly, when the system arrived, one of the blue filter housings was broken internally. There's a small cylindrical molding in the bottom of the housing that appears to be heat-welded in place. It was broken off. The filter element inside was still in its wrapping, which is pierced by the molding when the element is pushed into the housing for shipping. It seems that that process broke off the cylinder. A call to iSpring on the Wednesday got a replacement housing on order. When it arrived the next week, it was a completely different housing! Contacting iSpring again and sending photos of the required housing had another one on its way - thanks to Nick. (iSpring are very easy to work with and very reactive. This is uncommon in today's world and welcomed).
This time it was the correct one, but it cost about a week and a half in time. I now have some big housings that I'm sure I can find a use for in my workshop as storage! The time delay was not a problem as I had to order a special fitting from TrueValue. I went with Sharkbite fittings and PEX tubing for ease of assembly. Unfortunately, a 1" male thread to a 3/4" Push To Connect fitting is not available in any hardware stores. My system's connection points are 3/4" CPVC and 3/4" copper tubing. That fitting took as long as the housing to come!
The Sharkbite approach essentially doubled the cost of the filter system itself, (total parts cost ended up at $907), but saved time and allowed for some easy redesign/refinement as the installation progressed.
I suggest you use thread sealant on the NPT threaded fittings. I had a couple leaks at the final test that required sealant to stop them. I have always had trouble with PTFE taped joints and should have used the sealant from the get-go. The Sharkbite Push To Connect fittings worked perfectly first time - impressive. Other reviewers mention the joint between the two filter heads leaks. I didn’t see that (yet).
I did have some copper tubing to make up from the accumulator to the WGB22BM, made more complicated as I am adding a spur, to later put in an outside faucet, fed directly from the well. Cutting and soldering takes much longer than PEX!
I fitted the WSP-50 sediment strainer upstream of the WGB22BM to pre-filter out the well water’s larger particles. The instructions suggest you can screw it directly into the first filter head of the WGB22BM as it has a 1" male thread. However, to do this the mounting bracket has to be removed because the strainer body interferes with it before the joint is tight. I tried to loosen the bolts and slide the slotted bracket over, but it was too tight. The reason was that the slots in the metal bracket don't actually match the holes in the filter heads! The slots are out of position and the slot's edge actually sits in the bottom of the thread in the self-tapping bolts - disappointing design / quality issue. Having removed the bracket, I then found the sediment filter bottomed out in the filter head before getting tight enough! A quick trip to the store for a 1" male-male nipple and a 1" female-female adapter. This time the sediment strainer fitted OK, though that was the location of the later leaks.
I added pressure gauges to each side of the filter system to tell if the elements are blocked and need replacement. I have a 50-35 psi well pump pressure and see no noticeable drop in pressure across the system with clean elements and the tub faucet open.
I also added a 3/4" - 3/4" - 1/4" stop tee to be able to sample the water after the filter system and before the water softener.
I didn't fit the filter elements until after I'd tested the system and addressed the couple leaks at the threads.
Note that you will need Silicone grease (per iSpring) to lubricate the element housing threads and O-rings (instructions say DO NOT USE PETROLEUM JELLY). Fortunately, I have a tube of that grease (Thanks to Harbor Freight).
Now the system is up and running, it's doing what was intended - removing the bad odor as well as the dissolved and sediment rust from our well water. The water is crystal clear and tastes great. The water softener was removing a lot of the rust, but that reduces the life of the media inside the softener and doesn't help with the smell and taste.
I will be doing a water quality test in a few days after the system has settled down and the hot water tank is flushed through with clean water and will update this review.
My only concern is how long the filters last. The sediment strainer is working well and is so easy to drain the particles out into a bucket. The Carbon and Iron elements aren't cheap (~$130-150) and replacing them too often is not going to be an easy pill to swallow. "Replace every 3 to 6 months" per iSpring isn't going to work for me. That’s too loose a guideline. I’ll use the pressure gauges and a water quality test kit, probably taking the system just beyond its filtering capability to minimize cost.
UPDATE I: After a day or so, the water is very clean. Unfortunately, I only had one set of test strips left from my “LabTech H20 OK” kit which I used a couple months ago to test the well water. I would have preferred to test the water at the well, just after the filters and after the water softener at the same time. However, the tap water is the most important test.
Here are the results in PPM’s. The first reading is the well water, the second is the tap water after the WGB22BM and the water softener…
Total Hardness: 100; 0
Total Chlorine: 0; 0
Alkalinity: 40; 40
pH: 6; 6
Nitrates/Nitrites: 0; 0
Copper: 0.6; 1.0
Iron: 5; 0
So, the system is doing exactly what I wanted. Awesome!
UPDATE II: After a month, the system is still working well. Our well water though has a lot of sediment and after leaving the WSP-50 strainer for a week, the water pressure was noticeably down, observed when running more than one faucet at a time. The mesh was coated with a fine reddish (iron) sludge. Removed it and washed it out with dish liquid and a sponge. Once replaced the water pressure was fine. I now back flush it daily and have only had to clean it once in 3 weeks or so.
After one month, there is a 10-15 psi drop across the two Big Blues, presumably due to the smaller sediment that gets through the WSP-50. However, the shower still works well, with a slight, but acceptable, drop in flow while waiting for the well pump to kick in at 35 psi (max. pressure 50 psi). The cold water quality is still great. A slight odor was still noticeable in the hot water, even after draining the hot water tank.
Research indicates that there will likely be some bacteria in the tank causing the smell and a dose of hydrogen peroxide will remove that. That's my next task.
After 2 months, my iron immediately after the filter system was 3ppm. However the downstream water softener was helping to maintain the final water quality. The carbon element was still removing the odor, but I put in two new elements after finding significant reddish brown sludge inside both housings. The carbon filter was caked with it on the outside and explained some of the low water pressure. The WSP-50 also gets clogged up and needs frequent cleaning. I cut open the elements to see what they are (see photos). The iron filter is essentially just like my water softener with resin beads inside and the carbon is a relatively solid tube of it with a "sock" around it.
I have now developed a back flushing routine and will see how well that works. I run the well water (about 5 gallons each day) in the reverse direction through the filters and out of the WSP-50 drain. That helps remove the sludge in the elements ( as shown by the brown water that drains) and cleans the strainer in the WSP-50 of sludge. The strainer is cleaned so well that I no longer have to disassemble it to clean the filter. Now this won't improve the life of the iron filter, but it does maintain great water pressure. I will see if the combo of the iron filter element and the water softener will allow me to extend the life of the expensive iron element beyond 2 months and will let the carbon run until the water starts to smell to accurately gauge its full life
After another 2 months, I've done some more extensive iron testing, having found a much cheaper iron testing kit with 50 tests. Also, my daily back flushing routine is working well to maintain great water pressure.
For the iron testing, at the faucet I have no detectable iron. That is after the iSpring system and then the water softener. At the well, I have at least 5 ppm iron, maybe more. It's usually worse after heavy rains, like now, as more iron is leached out of the soil by the seepage of all that water through it. After the iSpring system, I measured 5ppm also! So once again, after just 2 months, the iron element is fully exhausted. Clearly, the water softener is doing the bulk of the iron removal (I do use salt with rust defense additive and regen the softener every 4 days).
I have now replaced the iron filter and will track it's performance over the next weeks, to see at what point it is useless. I did a test immediately after it, having flowed about 10 gallons through the new iron filter element and measured 0.5 ppm Iron - already above the ideal max. of 0.3 ppm!
My plan is to fit a sediment and carbon element and leave the iron removal to the water softener, once this new filter is done and see hoiw those perform. The iron elements are too expensive to replace so often and with limited performance.
Maybe more importantly, we really appreciate how Nick at iSpring took care of a product quality issue. The 1st filter had some problems, and Nick expedited shipping on a replacement system, which is working just fine. Hats off to iSpring for not only making a great product, but also for standing behind that product! Highly recommended!!
This all started when finding out that my wife is pregnant with our first child. Living in a 100 year old condominium in Chicago, I always knew we had lead service pipes... but now with the pregnancy, this became more of a concern. I started off by buying a water testing kit (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMF8SH6/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_21) and put my water to the test. As far as lead was concerned, it passed, but just BARELY. Who feels comfortable about just barely passing water? Not me, so the hunt was on to find a whole home filter that would fit in the tiny closet that has our water intake.
I wasn't sure there was going to be enough room for this (see attached pictures of this tiny closet), but I got it anyways in hopes of also finding a skilled enough plumber to make this happen. After dropping $1,150 for a plumber to put this in, we somehow made it fit in our tiny closet. The first thing I noticed after putting this in was just how much fluffier my hair was after a shower. You will be amazed at the difference it makes on almost everything. Our clothes now come out softer, our dishes have less spots, our hands are less dry after washing them, and our lead problem is virtually gone now. I cannot recommend this WGB22B-PB enough. If you're on the fence, definitely pull the trigger on this one.
We have a lot of sediment in our water so I'll have to report back on this one.
UPDATE: after about a year of use we can’t be more pleased with the results. The particulate filter is working great as we no longer have grey sediment settling in toilets. The water continues to taste great and continued taste tests between bottled water and tap water have the tap water winning out most of the time....typically a tough call. The filter change is a snap too but a bit messy. Make sure to depressurize the system before changing the filters using the red button up top. The other thing we determined was that these filters aren’t much more in cost than a fridge filter. We have found no need to buy those anymore. Will be installing in any future home.
washing machine. Also , my hands don't feel dry.