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Old 09-07-2003, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Quick question on the Brita filter

I see tiny specs of that black filter stuff in my water. Is it safe to drink? I followed the instruction on how to use the filter but I still get some small black particles in my cup.

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Old 09-07-2003, 07:09 PM   #2
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Edit: didnt read the first post properly....The black flakes in Brita seem to be a common prblem (AFAIK). I havent found anything that suggests that it might be harmful.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:12 PM   #3
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Default RE:Quick question on the Brita filter

Interesting you say that.. we have a brita pitcher... and after replacing the filter in that we were getting black flecks ( i assume charcoal filter) in the water thats already been filtered too.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:13 PM   #4
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Default RE:Quick question on the Brita filter

well , im not sure... I live at my dorm.. I get the water from the water fountain and just fill the brita thing up. But when I pour water out of the brita filter, I see the small black filter material that came out of the brita filter alonf with the water. Any ideas?
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:13 PM   #5
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Are there black flecks in the water before it gets run through the Brita? If not, then the black flecs are probably from the carbon filter.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:14 PM   #6
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Are there black flecks in the water before it gets run through the Brita? If not, then the black flecs are probably from the carbon filter.
No, only happens when the water goes through the brita filter. Is is safe to drink?
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:15 PM   #7
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well , im not sure... I live at my dorm.. I get the water from the water fountain and just fill the brita thing up. But when I pour water out of the brita filter, I see the small black filter material that came out of the brita filter alonf with the water. Any ideas?
i get lots of those black particles in the unfiltered part of the pitcher. make sure you pour water only when the top part is dry so you don't get get some of the water from the top into the bottom part/your cup

(i've never seen the black particles in the bottom part btw)
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:15 PM   #8
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I'm pretty sure that black flecks are coming from the carbon filter. I see them all the time from my two brita filter.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:18 PM   #9
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well , im not sure... I live at my dorm.. I get the water from the water fountain and just fill the brita thing up. But when I pour water out of the brita filter, I see the small black filter material that came out of the brita filter alonf with the water. Any ideas?
i get lots of those black particles in the unfiltered part of the pitcher. make sure you pour water only when the top part is dry so you don't get get some of the water from the top into the bottom part/your cup

(i've never seen the black particles in the bottom part btw)
Yea, I only get those particles in top part of the pitcher, never the bottom.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:22 PM   #10
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Default RE: Quick question on the Brita filter

The filter insert is filled with those little black specks. That's all that's inside that white plastic outter casing. They are some kind of activated charcoal or something like that. It is not something that the filter missed, it is the filter itself. Usually you only get them in the top of the filter, as someone else mentioned, but they won't hurt your water if they are in it.

You probably shouldn't be chugging the things down with your drink, but they won't hurt your water any.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:23 PM   #11
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is the filter new? you're not supposed to get flecks unless it's a new filter.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:36 PM   #12
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A water filter that pollutes your drinking water? And you're paying for this concept? I'm in the wrong business.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:49 PM   #13
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i guess pur is better. they used to have a couple black flecks in the first filling, but it doesn't happen anymore it seems.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:50 PM   #14
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is the filter new? you're not supposed to get flecks unless it's a new filter.
yeah, brand new... so is it safe to drink?
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:51 PM   #15
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is the filter new? you're not supposed to get flecks unless it's a new filter.
yeah, brand new... so is it safe to drink?
Brand brand new? If I remember reading directions, it says you should use the filter and dump the water quite a few times before drinking.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:54 PM   #16
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I use a PUR faucet mounted filter. I follow the directions for flushing the new filter when I install it and have never had any problems.
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Old 09-07-2003, 07:56 PM   #17
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There is nothing wrong with ingesting charcoal, especially in those small of a quantites. As long as it isn't thick with the flecks (meaning it is water with flecks not flecks with water) it shouldn't be a problem. You still might want to get a new filter though.
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