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Water Filtration & Purification

 Frequently Asked Questions:

What Residential Water Filtration Systems does Superior Water offer?

For residential applications, Superior Water uses industry leading brands of Premium Micro-Filtration Systems depending on the level of purification desired to meet your needs. The best water filter in residential applications is certified to reducing chlorine, particulate, taste / odor issues, cysts (including cryptosporidium and giardia), turbidity and asbestos from your drinking water.

How often do I need to replace the Filter Cartridge?

Health Canada Recommends Replacing Your Filter Cartridge Every 12 Months.

Following this guideline ensures that you and your family enjoy drinking water free from harmful contaminants such as chlorine, cysts and or parasites.

Most households will get 9-12 months from a Water Filter, depending on volume and water quality.

Can we run a water line to the refrigerator or ice maker?

In some cases both a drinking water faucet on the sink and the fridge can be done with one system. In other cases 2 separate systems are required (our technicians can assess this at the time of installation).

For instance, if the water line for the fridge connects under the sink, we can install one system under the sink. Installing the line to the fridge may involve an additional charge.

Can we run the system to our main kitchen faucet?

Drinking Water Systems are designed to purify only water that will be used for consumption. We don’t recommended installing the system elsewhere otherwise you are wasting high level filters on water that does not necessarily need to be purified for use (i.e. water that is used for washing hands and dishes etc).

What is Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

Reverse Osmosis (R/O) Systems generally consist of a basic Filtration System combined with a semi-permeable membrane. The advantage of R/O is that high-quality systems will remove a wide range of pollutants and dissolved solids including:

  • Fluoride
  • Arsenic
  • Radium
  • Mercury
  • Nitrates and other fertilizers
  • Atrazine-based herbicides and pesticides
What is Distillation?

A distiller simply boils the water and traps the steam. The steam should be more or less pure and the contaminants are left behind. Similar to R/O, distillers remove a wide range of pollutants and dissolved solids.

Are there any disadvantages to Distillation?

Distillers have some disadvantages that should be considered:

  • They are extremely power intensive and as a result are costly and environmentally unfriendly.
  • They are best used on water with low turbidity and high levels of dissolved solids – the opposite of Vancouver’s water.
  • Distillers are more costly to purchase and maintain than micro filtration systems.
  • Distillers are not always effective at removing volatile organic compounds (unless they also have carbon filtration as an additional component).
  • Distillation leads to “flat” tasting water.
What do Water Softeners do?

Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium – two minerals that cause the soapy scum on glasses and lime residue on kitchen or bathroom fixtures. Hard water can cause mineral build-up in water heaters, pipes, dishwashers and shower heads, reducing its flow. Water softeners are used to reduce hardness minerals in the water through the exchange “ions” of calcium and magnesium with sodium and potassium.

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