I am always blown away when I see a blocked up water filter. When you look at a blocked cartridge it a horrible sight. It's covered in all sorts of gunk.
What it looks like is one thing, but the realisation that all that sediment ends up in your home or your body is the other the that blows me away.
Usually when I see that though it's because cartridges haven't been changed for years and the sediment that builds up outside of the cartridge gets a life of its own. Stuff starts growing in it. Either way, sediment is not good for your home or your body.
What is the sediment in our water?
Sediment is a suspended solid. It can be:
- algae and other organic matter
- rust from metal
- any other solid that has broken down enough to suspend in solid like microplastics or other pollution
Where does the sediment in our water come from?
This depends on your water source.
There are 4 main water sources, treated town city scheme water, or untreated water that comes in 3 forms, rain water, and above ground water like dam, lakes, streams and rivers or below ground water like bore water.
Town/City Water Sediment
If you are in the city, it comes from your water source (dam), the water pipe network to your water treatment plant, the water pipe distribution network that brings the water to your home and the pipes within your home.
Water Treatment Plants can't remove all the sediment from the water due to the volume of water it must treat. And once it leaves the water treatment plant, the water picks up sediment in the water pipe distribution network.
These pipe networks are not sparkling clean on the inside. In fact, they have to flush the water distribution pipes regularly to clean and scour out the sediment and other debris in the water pipe network.
We have had customers had to change their cartridges as a result of this flushing because of all the sediment that blocks up their sediment cartridge. As much as this is annoying, it's better to have a sediment cartridge because otherwise your other cartridges get ruined or if you don't have a water filter, all that sediment goes into your home and body.
Rain water is collected on roofs and stored in tanks through a gutter system. The debris that lands on the roof or the break down off the actual roof or gutter material turns into sediment that will collect in your tank. This can be leaves, twigs, branches, and whatever the material your roof/gutters like metal flashings (lead), ceramic pieces, or rust.
Above ground water sources collect all the same sediment that a town or city dam can collect for city scheme water. The difference is, you have to do the sediment removal. Water treatment plants use massive coagulation systems to remove large amounts of sediment from the water before they disinfect it.
Bore & Well Sediment
Below ground water sources can be full of sand, silt, clay and soil. These water sources are caverns under the ground where all of these types of sediment will fall into.
My Water Filter recommends sediment protection? Why?
There are many reasons to use a sediment filter and here are 7 reasons why we recommend it.
- Sediment can change the taste and experience of your water. Water free from sediment is more enjoyable to drink.
- Sediment will make your quality water filter cartridges block up and be less effective at removing contaminants.
- Sediment can slow your flow rate down which is unnecessarily frustrating.
- Sediment cartridges are very cheap and will save you money long term. If you are planning to use good quality cartridges for life, you only have to have 1 blockage and you could have had up to 5 years worth of sediment protection.
- Sediment is not healthy and you shouldn't drink it. No one asks for extra sediment in their water.
- Sediment can fill up your home appliances, like your hot water system and washing machine which will either make them have to work harder or do their job less effectively.
- If you are using UV, sediment can block the UV light from doing its job and killing bacteria.
If you are thinking of getting a new water filter or new water filter cartridges, most water filters come with the option of getting sediment protection. If you have trouble finding what you are looking for you can contact us via email, live chat or via phone on 1800 769 300 and we are happy to help.
To see our range of sediment cartridges click here.