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    Filtered Water, what do you use?

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    After getting my silvia i am worried about water quality so i was wondering how everyone that used filtered water gets it?

    i was thinking using one of those filter bottles that you fill the top up and its runs through.

    what do you other CSers do?

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    It all depends on what the composition of your regular water is. Here in Adelaide it has about three times the recommended level of mineralisation.

    I mix rainwater and tapwater to the correct level of dissolved minerals, and filter through a .5 micron carbon block filter.

    A search for the insanely long water FAQ will give lots ;) of information. Your local water authority will probably publish water analyses on the internet.

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Ive had a bench top filter and, for the last few years, a three stage under sink filter throughout my cohabitation with Ms Silvia. *It was 6+ years daily use before reading the insanely long water FAQ and some odd behaviour (water exiting the 3wayValve when it hadnt previously) that I realised that a descale was probably a good thing (DOh)

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A5A584B5C40390 link=1242462241/2#2 date=1242465007
    Ive had a bench top filter and, for the last few years, a three stage under sink filter throughout my cohabitation with Ms Silvia. *It was 6+ years daily use before reading the insanely long water FAQ and some odd behaviour (water exiting the 3wayValve when it hadnt previously) that I realised that a descale was probably a good thing (DOh)

    Oh... You were cleaning and changing the filters in the bench top and under sink units... Werent you ?

    I have seen people have them for years and once installed ... They just forget that they need maintenance..

    In Brisbane I do my filters and softener about every 9 months.. Could go to about 12 but no safety margin left..

    It does not mean I forget about my coffee machines... But it does mean that I do not need to do as often..

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    I use a Brita and I do replace the filters regularly. I still descale every couple of months.

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5E796C630D0 link=1242462241/4#4 date=1242468661
    I use a Brita and I do replace the filters regularly. *I still descale every couple of months. *
    I use a Brita and need to make sure I change my filters more regularly than I was and descaling will also now take place more often.

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    i will look into the brita systems tomorrow, i think i seen some in BigW. sounds like you all really look after your machines, i bet they repay you with many many years of great coffees.

    thanks for the quick responses

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    A good investment is an under sink model

    Bernard form Bombora is a very helpful chap & he is from your neck of the woods in Newcastle

    There is a water filter system available for all needs and uses but he specializes in coffee machine filtration

    Doesnt hurt to call him for a chat

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    thanks kk, i have been on that website should see what he can hook me up with.

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    I would prefer an under sink model but I am in rented premises so it is not an option.

    I have used Brita for 15 years and will continue until I settle in one place long enough to buy a house. All water for consumtion in our house is filtered.


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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Its a brave person that drinks the town tap water here as we have yucky tasting and heavily mineralised water. I use a Sunbeam electric water filter both at home and at work, I change the filters every 4-6 months or more often if required. This system works well for me as it removes the dreadful taste and reduces the minerals. I have a little chuckle to myself when the Shire Manager and other Shire officials also drink filtered water, yet tell us that our water is OK. How do I know this? I own a childcare centre and I care for their children, we have a water filter at work and the parents request filtered water for their children.
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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    my town water is not to bad, its all out of the dam but i dont want to harm my silvia if i can help it.

    sounds like under the sink job is the way to go, hope its not to expensive all my money is gone due to new silvia and pm tamper but will be good when i get the hang of it

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    i have found that my family has saved a filter unit from our old house.

    its a under bench one with a 20micron filter cartrage.

    does anyone know if this is enough or should i find a better one?

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by 474B424241417B574A4B46240 link=1242462241/12#12 date=1242726120
    i have found that my family has saved a filter unit from our old house.

    its a under bench one with a 20micron filter cartrage.

    does anyone know if this is enough or should i find a better one?
    Contact Bombora .

    You will need to provide more information as to size and style etc and while ONE unit is not ideal it is better than nothing. Depending on your water, a softener may be all you require. Other than that, with the right info, Bombora may be able to supply the extra bits to allow you to have a 2 stage system..

    Thats what the sponsors are there for ;)

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    i would have contacted Bombora but i suspect they would try and tell me that it would not be enough to sell stuff.
    i was just asking to see what others use as far as micron levels that they filter to

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by 505C555556566C405D5C51330 link=1242462241/14#14 date=1242727435
    i would have contacted Bombora but i suspect they would try and tell me that it would not be enough to sell stuff.
    i was just asking to see what others use as far as micron levels that they filter to
    Why assume and do your self and Bombora a disfavor..

    The worse they will say is NO.

    However, while I work with lots of filtration systems in hospitals... A simple statement of 20 Micron tells me NOTHING!!! *:-? *:-?

    It like saying; my car runs on petrol, can it get me to Darwin ? *::)

    How is teh system configured, what size piping, what sort of piping, what is the filter size (physical), how old is it, what brand is it, what sort of 20 micron ? etc etc etc etc..

    Sorry to sound a bit harsh, but the only time I have ESP is after a week fishing.. As to others... I am not aware of any others that might have ESP :D

    With out the right information NO one can provide you the advice your looking for. *Many might even say.. Too much hard work and with information withheld or not provided not worth the risk. *Go and spend $$ and get a new system.

    I am saying, that with a little effort and time... You could have a Top water system for min $$$$. *But you have to partake and provide information.

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    its a white spun type filter with quarter inch piping witha single filter unit. the filter size is about 25cm by 6cm.

    i do not understand how a 20micron filter differs from a diffrent 20micron filter? i thought they just filter things out of the water that is 20microns or more?

    thanks for the help, i was just seeing if it was in the ballpark for what people use?

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    Azz, do yourself a favour and speak with Bernard at Bombora. Hes not only a nice bloke, but Im sure he will give you expert advice and options that will suit your needs and budget.


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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    i will be calling him 4 sure seems to have a good selection.

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    What is best for your machine depends on your water supply. You need to talk to someone who knows.

    A 20 micron filter of spun material will take out large particles only. A 20 micron carbon filter will also clean the water of chlorine. Neither will deal with the dissolved mineral content of hard water, which will form scale in the machine.

    20 microns is a pretty basic filter. The carbon block I run my rainwater/tapwater mix through is .5 micron!

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    thanks Greg, i talked to bombora today about a 5micron filter that is designed to take out lime scale and larger partials.

    thanks again for everyones help

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    Ended up getting a undersink 2tank filter with a 5micron carbon cartrage filter and then in the 2nd is a .5micron filter that gets that nasty scale out. hope miss silvia likes it

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    How removable are these installations? Are they something one can put in by oneself, and remove leaving property managers none-the-wiser?

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    Re: Filtered Water, what do you use?

    4 sure, i have not screwed mine to the wall. the kit i got had all the generic fittings for plumbing and even teflon tape. i would just suggest turning off the water.

    you will have to make up some sort of mount though for the tap fitting..... other wise hole will be seen when taken out.
    thanks Azz

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    Good to hear you got it sorted Azz.

    Keep the missus (Miss Silvia that is) happy



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