Spring Countertop Drinking Water Filter

Installation And User Guide
Spring Countertop Drinking Water Filter
Thank you for purchasing an ItDoesTheJob.com Drinking Water Filtration System. This guide is for
the Spring Countertop Drinking Water Filter.
Each system comes complete with full plumbing fittings, water dispensing tap and all the highest
quality parts you’ll need to install and enjoy clean, healthy water right away. It is designed for fast
and easy installation so whether you’re a plumber or just like DIY these instructions will be able to
guide you through. Installation should take between 1 and 2 hours.
It is important that anyone installing a Filtration System takes time to study this guide as it contains
essential information needed to ensure easy installation and trouble-free use.
Follow the instructions and, after installation, your system will produce purified water for drinking
and preparing food at the touch of the special tap.
Keep the guide in a safe place. It will enable you to get the best performance from your system
now and in the future.
Section One
Principle Components/ Installation (P.1-2)
Section Two
Operating Instructions & Maintenance (P.2-5)
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Section One
Principle Components/ Installation
Housing Sump
MS Housing Seal
Housing Head
Push/ Pull Diverter Valve
Spout W/ 'O' Rings
Elbow (Barb)
Elbow (Spout)
Candle Sealing Washer
Filter Cartridge
1. Selecting A Position For The Filter
The filter unit is designed to be free standing on a sink unit or adjacent worktop.
2. Connecting The Pipe-Work & Fittings
a) Screw the diverter valve (4) to the cold tap or mixer tap if a male thread is visible. If not, an
adapter will be required to convert the relevant threads.
b) This system is pre-assembled, If you need to make any amendment.
i) Connect the tube (6) to the housing head (3) ensuring that the tube (6) & elbow barb (7) is in
ii) Push the tube onto the fitting to ensure a tight seal.
iii) If the supplied tube (6) is regarded as too long, simply remove the tube (6) from the elbow barb
(7) cut to the desired length, refit onto the elbow barb (7) and screw back into the inlet housing
head (3).
iv) Screw the elbow spout (8) into the outlet of housing head (3), and only hand tighten.
v) Push the spout (5) into the spout elbow (8) the seal is formed by the two rubber “O” rings on the
spout (5).
vi) Ensure that the arrow flow direction of the inlet and outlet is correct.
Caution: The wrong direction of water flow will damage the cartridge.
3. Fitting The Cartridge Candle
a) Unscrew the housing sump (1) from the housing head (3).
b) Remove the cartridge (10) from its protective sleeve.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN while handling the cartridge (10).
c) Place the candle sealing washer (9) onto the threaded nipple of the cartridge (10) and screw into
the head (3) until washer resistance is felt. DO NOT OVER- TIGHTEN.
d) Check that the MP housing seal (2) is in place. Moisten the seal (2) and then place it inside the
housing head (3) and screw the housing sump (1) into the head (3) HAND TIGHTEN ONLY.
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4. Conditioning The Filter
The filter unit should now be ready for first filling with water.
a) Turn on the cold tap partially then pull the pin on the diverter valve (4) outwards to allow water to
fill up the unit slowly for the first time.
b) It will take time for water to appear through the spout (5) at continuous flow of water emerges;run the whole system for 5 to 10 minutes until the water tastes good. For a few seconds you may
observe a black water condition, this is perfectly normal - ignore it - and continue to flush until the
water runs clear.
NOTE. It is recommended to run the water to waste for a minimum of 5 minutes to 10 minutes. The
filter is now ready for general use.
Check very carefully the entire installation for leaks.
Section Two
Operating Instructions & Maintenance
1. Routine Use
a) Turn on the cold water tap.
b) Pull out the pin on the diverter valve (4) to let water divert to the filter system. Run the water for
a few seconds before use. For the very optimum performance the water flow rate should be kept at
around 1.5 to 2 litres per minute (about 20 seconds to fill a half litre bottle). The flow may be
regulated by adjusting the flow on the cold tap.
c) Under normal conditions, after 4000 litres (over 800 gallons) of water have passed through your
Fresh Water Filter cartridge (10) or six months has passed, whichever is the sooner. It is advisable
to fit a new cartridge unit to preserve optimum performance.
2. Servicing The Filter
Cleaning, removal and replacement of the cartridge.
a) Leave the cold tap turned off, hold the filter unit upside-down over the sink unit.
b) Unscrew the housing sump (1) from the housing head (3) which will be full of water.
c) The cartridge (10) can now be unscrewed from the housing head (3) and cleaned in accordance
with manufacturers instructions, or replaced as Section Three.
d) After the cartridge (10) has been re-installed, recondition the filter as described in Section Two,
3. IT IS IMPORTANT to wash your hands thoroughly before and after servicing the filter.
NOTE. During use, unwanted particulate material will collect on the outside surface of the ceramic
membrane and this will reduce the water flow rate. If the tap is fully turned on and the flow rate
becomes unacceptably low, this normally indicates that the ceramic will need re- cleaning (see
Section Three, 2). Since the ceramic is re-cleanable it may be used over and over again. When,
after cleaning, the flow is still not acceptable you should replace your cartridge. The frequency of
cleaning will depend on how much water you use and the dirt and particles in the water. Please
note that the latter can vary considerably from day to day during the year and may also depend on
the condition of the pipes in your home.
Whenever a cartridge is cleaned or replaced or the filter housing opened for inspection, please
check carefully to ensure that there are no leaks. From time to time, should the MP housing seal
(2) become brittle, or break, or cause a leak it will need replacing.
Moisten MP housing seal (2) by wiping with white petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to help
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3. Cleaning The Cartridge (Ceramic Only)
a) Unscrew the housing sump (1) from the housing head (3) leaving the cold tap (and hot tap if
mixer tap apply) off.
b) Carefully remove the cartridge (10).
c) Holding the plastic section of the cartridge (10) firmly in one hand, turn on the main cold water
tap and place the ceramic part of the cartridge under the water flow. Gently brush the ceramic with
a stiff brush to reveal a clean surface.
d) Warning: Never use detergents or anything other than water for cleaning. Never twist or knock
the ceramic as it is brittle and will crack if abused.
e) NOTE that the plastic portion of Pearl cartridge is not re-cleanable. It is only important
to keep the surface of the cartridge clean.
f) Follow the procedure set out in Section Two, 4. Note: White water. When a fresh ceramic
cartridge is installed or after cleaning, the water may appear “white”for a short while. This is due to
micro-bubbles of air from the ceramic. They are quite harmless and you will see that it clears on
standing in the glass with white background. (See also Section Four, 6.)
4. Cartridge Replacement
a) Unwrap the replacement cartridge and install in accordance with the instructions given in section
2, 4.
b) It is quite safe to dispose of the used cartridges by wrapping in paper and placing in a waste bin.
General information
1. Useful Tips
With just the minimum of maintenance and attention your FRESH WATER FILTER high quality
water purification system will give you many years of excellent service. The following tips may be
a) NEVER install the filter where the water can freeze, as this will break the ceramic and may
damage the seals.
b) Install the filter on the COLD water supply only, never use the hot water supply.
c) Always use white petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the housing seal (2) to help lubricate them and
enable the housing to be opened more easily.
d) Read this user guide carefully and keep it - in a safe place.
e) For optimum performance clean and replace the filters regularly in accordance with the
instructions, Section Three, 2, NOTE & 3.
2. Fault Finding
If you have any difficulty in installing the filter on maintaining the filter you may find the following
3. No Water
a) Check that the main stopcock is open and that the mains water is still on.
b) Check that the cold water tap is turn on and pull the pin outward on the diverter valve (4).
c) Check that all the pipes are connected correctly, especial the water flow direction.
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4. Low Water Flow
a) Check that you have removed all the wrapping from a new filter cartridge.
b) Low water pressure. During periods of high water demand especially when most gardens hose
are in use, the pressure may fall and so will the water flow from the filter. Running a bath, shower
or appliance connected to same line on which your FRESH WATER FILTER system is connected
may starve the unit of water.
c) During use, low water flow may be an indication that the filter is becoming blocked as it collects
the unwanted debris and pollutants from the water. (See cleaning instructions, Section Two, 3.)
d) The filter system needs a minimum pressure of 1.4 Bar (approximately 20 psi) to work. As a
general rule, the higher the pressure generally the greater the water flow will be. If the pressure is
inadequate a pump may be needed, and for this you should contact the manufacturer or a plumber.
e) If the flow does not return to its former level immediately after cleaning the ceramic cartridge will
need replacement.
5. High Water Flow
If the water flow has excessive force, this will lead not only to splashing at the tap but also lower
performance from the filter. Reduce the flow rate to the minimum acceptable by adjust the cold tap.
For optimum performance we suggest a flow rate of 1.5 to 2 litres per minute or less.
6. Water Apperance
a) WHITE water. When a fresh ceramic cartridge is installed or after cleaning, the water may
appear milky or white for a while. It is quite harmless and will soon clear. White water is due to
micro-bubbles of air. On standing, the water will become clear as the bubbles move upwards.
Water in some areas of the country of more prone to this than others.
b) BLACK water. On setting up your system after cleaning or if it is disturbed for any reason, very
fine black particles may occur in the water. Again this is quite normal and the particles are
harmless carbon. Flushing the system for a few minutes by turning the tap on and off rapidly
several times will help to clear this.
c) COLOURED water (often RED). Water in some areas may be high in dissolved iron and this can
pass through the filter. When the water is left to stand, dissolved iron gives a red or brown colour
as the iron oxidises (rusts). In very severe cases you should contact the manufacturer for specialist
advice. Ordinary rust particles in the water will be removed by the system.
7. Waste Water
a) To the palates of most people, filtered and treated water tastes so much better than unfiltered
water. There are also some people who cannot detect any change. Others find that the treated
water tastes “different”, but they will soon become accustomed to the taste of the purer water.
b) A major factor affecting taste may be the natural composition in a particular area. There can be
considerable local differences in the mineral content of the water for example. The
‘natural’ taste of an area’s water is often masked by the presence of chlorine used in the treatment
process. If the chlorine tasteconsistently reappears, the cartridge should be replaced.
c) If after prolonged standing or during infrequent use any strong objectionable taste occurs, flush
the system by running water for 5 minutes and if the taste persists carry out the sanitising process
(see Section Four, 9).
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a) Your system has been individually pressure tested before leaving the factory. In the unlikely
event of a fault, small leaks sometimes do occur as a result of incorrect assembly or abuse. The
following tips may be helpful:
b) Depending on the positioning of the filter and the temperature of the incoming water and air,
condensation on the outside of the filter housing may occur, resulting in a frosted appearance of
fine water droplets on the plastic surface. This does not of course mean that there is a leak in the
system. The remedy is to either insulate the area around the filter, or reposition it.
c) Always ensure that the MP housing seal and the areas in which it is located are clean. Any small
piece of debris on the seal of the surrounding area could cause a small leak. Apply a smear of
petroleum jelly to the seal.
d) Always ensure that the filter housing is screwed fully onto the housing head (3).
e) In the event of a leak carefully examine its source. Water from a leak may run along the pipe
work - it may drip, or collect, some distance from the actual position of the leak.
f) When the leak is found, if it is around the housing sump and housing head, first clean the seal
and the surrounding area and reassemble with a smear of petroleum jelly. If this does not solve the
problem, fit a replacement seal.
g) If there is a leak from the spout, check that the spout is pushed down firmly. Ensure the “O” rings
on the spout are still in position. Apply a smear of petroleum jelly if the seal is dry or remove any
debris that is on the “O” rings, by running under cold water.
h) The above should be carried out with the water isolated, i.e. do not pull the pin out on the
diverter valve.
a) This is optional and only use in the event of water supplies is uncertain. (For example, burst
water pipe work coming into your water supply, etc.)
b) Place 2 ‘Puritabs’ disinfecting tablets in each the housing with the cartridge.
c) Fill the system with water by opening the cold water tap and pull the pin outward from the
diverter valve for 10 seconds ignore the colour of the water
d) Turn the cold tap off, leave the unit to stand for 3 minutes.
e) Run the system for 5 - 10 minutes until the water tastes good,
f) Note that during the disinfection process chlorine will be generated and this will taint the
water. Flush the system adequately to remove this.
If you go away for a holiday or are away for a few days, it is recommended practise to turn off the
household mains water, whether or not you have a FRESH WATER FILTER system. When you
return, run the water through the system for a few minutes so that the
water you drink is freshly treated.
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