Caring for your Health Metric Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

Any container that holds water or beverages will eventually develop a microscopic layer of bacteria, mold or algae, if not properly cleaned on a regular basis. These microbes are present in the air, on our hands and even in chlorinated water. They are natural and not usually health hazards but can cause taste and odor problems if permitted to grow unchecked in water pitchers and even whole-house filtration systems. If you store beverages like iced tea or purified water in a pitcher, take a look at the lid, pour spout and the bottom of the pitcher. If you see black growth it is time to give the container a good cleaning. Feel inside your coffee maker. Is it slimy? If it is, you’ve got microbial growth in the tank. Try the same thing with your water storage container, even if you keep it in the refrigerator.  There should be no slimy feel or visible growth.

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       This image shows mold growth inside a water bottle.

The Health-Metric Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher uses one of the largest filter cartridges of any pour-through water filter pitcher. This means the filter provides greater removal of contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals and pesticides. Water passing through the cartridge is also conditioned by the special alkaline media. The pH and beneficial mineral content will be raised to health-promoting levels. But did you know that all pour-through pitchers need to be properly cared for to ensure health, great-tasting water? Don’t worry, it’s not hard to do.

Step 1: Remove the filter cartridge. Place it in a clean container while you are washing the pitcher.

Step 2: Remove the lid. Do not submerge the lid under water!

Step 3: Fill the pitcher with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent.

Step 4: Using a soft cloth wipe the entire inside surfaces of the pitcher and lid. Do not use dirty dish sponges as they are often contaminated with bacteria.

Step 5: Rise the pitcher and lid to remove residual detergent.

Step 6: Replace the filter cartridge.

Optional cleaning method

The following method uses chlorine bleach, a powerful disinfectant and oxidizer. Dish detergent cleans. A bleach soak disinfects.

Step 1: Remove the filter cartridge. Place it in a clean container while you are washing the pitcher.

Step 2: Remove the lid. Do not submerge the lid under water!

Step 3: Fill the pitcher with water and a teaspoon of non-scented bleach. Allow the pitcher to soak for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Using a soft cloth wipe the entire inside surfaces of the lid with some bleach-water from the pitcher. Do not use dirty dish sponges as they are often contaminated with bacteria.

Step 5: Rise the pitcher and lid to remove residual bleach. Air-drying will allow all traces of bleach to dissipate.

Step 6: Replace the filter cartridge.

 Your Pitcher water filter is now clean and ready to use. Remember to promptly replace the filter cartridge when the timer indicates it is necessary. If you use the cartridge longer than specified your water quality will rapidly decline. The filter cartridge must be replaced periodically in order for the pitcher to remove pollutants and produce clear, clean, fresh-tasting alkaline water.