Garden Hose Filter by Clean Water Fun
**As of May 2013, updated for chloramine removal!**
The Clean Water Fun garden hose filter is the summer must-have item for any family who loves outdoor water fun! It is great for use with children, pets, and gardens.
The Clean Water Fun garden hose filter has been specially designed to fit any standard garden hose thread. It has been third party tested to remove Chlorine, Chloramines, VOCs, and Pesticides/Herbicides commonly found in home water supplies. The Clean Water Fun garden hose filter can be used for any of your outdoor water needs where cleaner water is desired.
Do not use with water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection before or after filter.
Service Life: Up to 10,000 Gallons
In third party testing, our filter has been shown to reduce organic chemicals by 99%* and chloramines at 97%* or better.
Attach the garden hose filter to any standard garden hose. The filter can be attached at the beginning or end of the hose following the Flow Direction indicated on the label. Flush the filter for 1 minute until the water runs clear. Use the garden hose filter for any of your outdoor water needs. For best filtration, use a medium flow or less. When you are done using the filter, remove from hose and replace end caps for storage.
**If you will be using the filter daily, we recommend purchasing an inexpensive garden hose quick connect from your local hardware store. This will allow you to easily attach the filter and prevent any stripping of the filter threads from the metal on the garden hose. Keep the quick connect attached and store the filter in a plastic storage bag (no need to replace end caps in this case).**
This product is proudly manufactured in the U.S.A.
*Third party testing results available by request. All testing was conducted at time of manufacture.
Why does the water have to flow in only one direction?
There is a special screen installed at the outlet end of the filter to prevent the carbon from being pushed out with the pressure of the water. Always follow the "Flow Direction" arrow on the label.
What if I lose the end caps?
The end caps should always be replaced after each use to prevent the carbon from absorbing things in the air (this would decrease the life of the filter since it will be pulling impurities from the air as well as water). If you misplace the end caps, a sealed storage bag will work fine.
What is being removed from the filter in the initial flush?
The dark liquid that comes out of the filter when you first use it is water mixed with Carbon Fines. These carbon fines are not harmful and are beneficial to plants so do the initial flush over your garden bed.
Why do I see some carbon granules coming out of my filter? Is it broken?
Some filters may have extra carbon matter loose inside the filter from the manufacturing process. If you notice any falling out the back end, simply back-flush the filter (run the water in the opposite direction) to help remove the loose carbon.
What type of filter medium do you use?
Only a very powerful carbon. No chemicals, metals, or mediums that will add antibacterial properties to the water.
What type of carbon is used in the Clean Water Fun garden filter?
As of May 2013, all of our filters contain catalytic carbon.
Carbon is an extremely porous material that attracts and holds a wide range of harmful contaminants. We were previously using GAC carbon which was also very effective. Due to the increase in municipal water companies using chloramines, we decided to switch to catalytic carbon. Catalytic carbon has all the same benefits of GAC carbon but it is even more powerful and is considered the best filtration medium for chloramine reduction/removal.
What is catalytic carbon?
This carbon is made from coconut shell that has undergone a steam activation process to create its activated carbon form with micro-pores. During activation, it creates millions of pores at the surface of the carbon, thus increasing the total surface area. After the activation process the carbon is coated with a catalyst which continues to break the bond between the chlorine and ammonia (how chloramine is formed) allowing any remaining chloramines to be treated. This acid-washed catalytic carbon is also especially effective for adsorbing chlorine, ammonia, disinfection by-products, TCE, PCE, MTBE and other trace level organics.
How does catalytic carbon remove chloramines when other filtration mediums do not?
The challenge of chloramine and other difficult contaminants has led to the production of a modified carbon called catalytic carbon. Catalytic carbon is a specially processed filter medium designed to greatly enhance carbon's natural ability to promote chemical changes in contaminants. Standard filter carbon reduces contaminants in two ways. It "adsorbs" chemicals by trapping and holding them, and to a smaller degree, it "chemisorbs" contaminants by changing them to something harmless. Chlorine, for example, can be "catalyzed" to harmless chloride.
Catalytic carbon retains conventional carbon's ability to adsorb contaminants but it also possesses greatly enhanced capacity to catalyze, to promote beneficial chemical reactions. It is by catalytic action that chloramine is reduced.
Filter carbon performance is rated by several standards. Common performance measuring standards are the molasses number, the iodine number and the peroxide number. Catalytic capacity of carbon is expressed by the peroxide number, which measures the rate of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by the carbon. The faster a carbon will break down hydrogen peroxide, the greater its catalytic activity. The lower the peroxide number the better.
The peroxide number of catalytic carbon can be as low as 8 and is seldom higher than 14. The peroxide number of conventional bituminous coal based carbon (the type most commonly used for chlorine reduction) is around 40, and other popular carbon have peroxide numbers around 120.
What type of plastic is the filter made out of?
The filter housing is made out of a durable polypropylene.
Why is the filter life "Up to" 10,000 Gallons?
The life of the filter will vary depending on the quality of the water passing through it. The cleaner the water, the longer the filter will last and vice versa. On average, the filter will last 10,000 gallons.
Will hot water sitting in my hose harm the filter when I turn the hose on?
No. The filter should be used with water temperatures 40 to 100F. This is to prevent damage to the plastic housing of the filter. The short period of time your filter will be exposed to higher temperature water from water sitting in the hose will not be enough to damage it.