END COUNTER TOP CLUTTER WITH AN UNDER COUNTER WATER FILTER IN THE
UC-200 works beneath any home or office sink to filter up to
50,000 gallons of cold water on demand! Using a combination of patented trace
minerals (Copper-Zinc) which has been tested to NSF standard 42 and 61, and
coconut shell carbon. This system like our in-line and other systems will remove
and/or reduce chlorine, sediment, algae, molds, scale, bad taste, odors, and
other undesirable contaminants that may effect the quality of your water supply.
And unlike carbon only filters, bacteria can't grow inside the bacteriostatic
CuZn filters. This filter is maintenance free and installs in about 15 minutes,
hooking up to the cold water supply - when you turn on the cold water it's all
Copper-Zinc Water Treatment Systems Work
The combination of
copper and zinc (patented under the trade name KDF) in water treatment systems
removes chlorine, chloramines, iron, lead, bacteria, hydrogen sulfide, and
hundreds of other problem contaminants from the water supply. It also reduces
scale and hardness.
Longer than Carbon
With a lifespan of 10 to 20 times that of carbon, copper-zinc is the
most efficient, longest lasting, and lowest maintenance filtration media on the
market. It removes the weak link in most water treatment systems: the monitoring
and maintenance and component replacement required by these systems.
systems perform better because the compact, dense copper-zinc alloy has no pores
that plug up, is not soft like carbon, has no membranes to replace, remains
bacteriostatic, and can be easily backwashed for years of use.
Filters by Catalytic Action
CuZn media functions
by catalytic action, using the age-old redox (reduction-oxidation) principle of
dissimilar metals. Water containing dissolved oxygen, minerals, and organic
materials enters a bed of the copper-zinc alloy, with the copper becoming the
cathode and the zinc becoming the anode.
The space between each granule of
alloy in the media bed becomes an electrolytic cell. The water and contaminants
act as electrolytes.
As contaminants and oxygen pass through, a reaction
takes place, causing zinc hydroxides and copper hydroxides to form in controlled
amounts. These controlled releases of copper and zinc oxides (chelatable by the
body) are carried into the filtered water and provide hostile conditions for
algae, fungus, and bacteria growth.
Within a water system, calcium and magnesium can adhere to
plumbing and water appliances by forming crystalline scale structures. These
become hard, interfere with heat transfer and eventually cause loss of water
flow and pressure.
Copper-zinc reshapes these hardness ions so they cannot
adhere to each other or to the inside of plumbing. Instead the calcium and
magnesium ions remain soluble in the water, thus reducing scale while adding
life to the water.
(Water without these minerals is flat and can be
aggressive, since water in its most natural state contains minerals such as
calcium and magnesium, picked up from the earth as it filters through rock
This scale reduction feature is ideal for cooling towers, hot water
heaters, water lines, plumbing, ice-makers, fountains, and other water-using
equipment and appliances.
Hydrogen sulfide is present in many U.S. water supplies.
Recognized by its rotten egg odor and taste, it is a poisonous gas that can, in
large amounts, cause nausea and illness or death. It is also corrosive to
metals, which is especially serious in older plumbing systems that used
When hydrogen sulfide passes through copper-zinc media,
spontaneous oxidation removes the hydrogen sulfide by creating zinc oxides and
zinc sulfates. Zinc oxides and zinc sulfates are defined as food supplements and
nutrients by the Food and Drug Administration.
(During the copper-zinc
filtration process, minuscule traces of zinc and copper are released into the
water. In proper amounts, both copper and zinc are necessary for healthy body
functions. The trace amounts found in CuZn filtered water are a small percentage
of the minimum daily requirement for these minerals.)
Meets NSF, EPA Standards
In 1992, the Environmental Protection
Agency ruled that copper-zinc, patented as KDF-, qualifies as a mechanical
device. This means the media imparts nothing harmful to the water. The National
Sanitation Foundation tested KDF+ and found it to be in compliance with its
Standard 61 for water treatment plant applications and Standard 42 for aesthetic
effects (taste, odor, chlorine reduction).
Copper-zinc systems are excellent at removing heavy
metals, often by electroplating them to the media's copper-zinc granules. Under
normal circumstances, CuZn filtration removes 90 to 98% of heavy metals,
including lead, iron, arsenic, and cadmium.
When iron, hydrogen sulfide, or bacteria are present
in large concentrations, CuZn filtration can be preceded by chlorination and
retention time. Chlorination oxidizes these contaminants and assists the
copper-zinc media in their removal. The copper-zinc, of course, then removes the
chlorine and remaining contaminants from the water.
With carbon-only systems,
this combination of chlorination and filtration is not efficient because the
carbon is quickly depleted when high levels of chlorine pass through it.
- Capacity: 50,000 gallons:
- Contents: Copper-Zinc media, Coconut Shell Carbon.
- Flow Rate: 1.5 gpm.
- Size: 15.5" tall x 4" diameter
- Warranty: 5 years pro-rated manufacturer's warranty
- Model: UC-200