Chlorine is the most common disinfectant for U.S. public water providers. Chlorine is a very effective at killing bacteria and other pathogens found in water though it can be quite harsh. General levels of chlorine used by municipalities shouldn’t pose any serious health risk, however chlorine can be a nuisance in terms of taste, odor, and irritating to sensitive skin. Depending on the season, fluctuations can occur throughout the year. As a city puts higher concentrations of chlorine into the water to treat bacteria and other impurities, this only makes the unpleasant bleach-like odor or taste become more noticeable.
To learn more about chlorine’s effects on health, visit the Water Quality Association (WQA).
Clean Stream Water has been using KDF filters to effectively remove chlorine taste and odor in commercial and residential applications for over 30 years.
Clean Stream Water’s uniquely designed distillers and RO systems consistently removed 99% or more contaminants proving them to be the ideal treatment for chlorine reduction for over 30 years.
For Whole House Water Treatment
Our KDF filter cartridge works by absorbing contaminants in water using an oxidation/reduction reaction. As municipal water flows through the filter it comes into contact with granular activated carbon (GAC). Chlorine molecules react to the carbon, altering them to form chloride ions, removing tastes and odors from water as it flows through your home.
While KDF filters are primarily used for chlorine reduction, they are multi-purpose filters that can also reduce heavy metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, copper, iron, and lead.
Maintenance requires replacing the cartridge ever 12 months depending on water quality.
Reverse Osmosis System
For Drinking Water Treatment
Water enters an inline pre-filter which is aimed to reduce sediment particles and/or chlorine.
Water is then forced through the RO’s semipermeable membrane, separating nitrates, lead, and other dissolved solids to a sub micron level. Impurities that stay behind and are flushed out to the drain as fresh water exits the RO membrane.
Water is then processed through a post-carbon filter, designed to improve taste and odor.
Because RO systems slowly produce pure water at 24 gal/day, a 4 gal. water storage tank is installed for on demand use.
If well water is the main supply, then a small UV light is installed for disinfection before water is dispensed out to a dedicated faucet and/or routed to a refrigerator/icemaker.
Maintenance requires changing the filters and UV bulb every year and every 5 years for the RO membrane.
For Drinking Water Treatment
Water, generally after a softener, enters the boiling tank.
The heating element boils the contaminated water into steam, leaving impurities behind to be washed down the drain in concentrate form.
As steam rises, it goes through a condensing coil separating water from all its impurities. Lighter gases within the water are vented out.
Steam in the condensing coil is cooled by a fan, converting steam to pure vapor-distilled water.
Water is stored in a lower stainless steel compartment that can hold up to 5 gallons ready for on demand dispensing channeled to a faucet and/or icemaker. (storage capacity can be increased)
Maintenance requires turning on the sterilizer setting to allow steam to disinfect the storage tank periodically.
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