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40 gallons of spring-fresh water,
This review is from: Brita Advanced Replacement Water Filter for Pitchers, 3 Count (Kitchen)
We always kept two boxes of these on hand as replacements when we used our Brita filter pitcher (we went to an in-line because we drink so much filtered water --we'd go through 40 gallons in no time, but that is a LOT of water.) There are three "gotcha's" on these filters to be aware of:
1. Do not let the filter dry out. When the pitcher is empty, you should refill the reservoir right away. When the pitcher is full or partly full, the bottom of the filter is in the water and keeping moist.
2. The filter needs to be soaked and flushed exactly according to directions. Some of the charcoal packing comes off in the flushing process, and if you don't take care of it, you will have specks in the water. This is no big problem, just something to be aware of.
3. Never put overly warm or hot water through the filter.
If you follow the directions, you will have, as we did, gallons of water that cost a lot less and taste as good or better than the water you buy in plastic containers in the supermarket.
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Initial post: Jan 22, 2008 10:16:02 AM PST
What happens if you let it dry out?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2008 2:07:47 PM PDT
The Crusher says:
It won't filter properly. But it's simple to fix. Just re-soak it in a glass of water (so the filter is completely submerged) for 15 minutes, just like you do before you install a filter.
Posted on Sep 21, 2012 7:43:31 PM PDT
C. Hill says:
Very helpful review! Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 4:43:22 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 10:06:30 AM PDT
Walter K. Ezell says:
What? You remove the top section? Then you have to store it elsewhere? Why? Leaving it in is not clumsy at all.
Posted on Sep 30, 2014 2:40:27 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Posted on Mar 13, 2015 9:16:13 AM PDT
Where do you fill the brita pitcher to? Some controversy in the office.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2015 2:06:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2015 2:13:43 AM PDT
This is only my opinion, but first, where there is more than one person with different opinions, I would simply call the company and ask for their advice. As someone else here correctly stated, they would much prefer to answer questions and have customers satisfied with their product than for customers to be disappointed. In my home, since I try to avoid arguing with myself, I'm really not that fussy about how high I fill the pitcher, but I do ALWAYS make certain that there's enough water in the bottom of the pitcher to cover at least the bottom inch or more of the filter. I personally try to "top off" the bottom part of the pitcher each time I use any water because then I always have the maximum amount of filtered water available and ready for use. If I happen to add so much that there is still some left over in the upper portion, I really am not bothered. If I only pour out a small amount next time, then what's left in the upper portion just might replace what I just poured so I don't have to add more water. Others might not like leaving water in the upper portion, but I've never noticed any side effects from doing so - no carbon flakes, no taste difference, etc. Yet, I use the water in my pitcher several times per day so nothing sits in either the upper or lower portion for all that long. I do try to avoid leaving a lot of water in the upper portion (more than half-way up) because I did that once and the weight of the water in the upper portion pushed the lid out slightly and I ended pouring, not only filtered water, but some water from the upper portion. Because both my service dog and I dislike drinking our tap water here, that meant that I had to dump most of that water onto the plants.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2015 2:18:05 AM PDT
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