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WaterWise Sediment Filters are Proudly Manufactured in USA and fully NSF Certified.

This filter will effectively filter many impurities from water including scale particles and other particulate matter such as dirt, sand, rust, silt, and other sediment.

Sediment filters play a crucial role in water treatment

Sediment filters play a crucial role in water treatment by effectively removing various suspended particles and debris from the water. These filters are designed to capture and retain solid particles like sand, silt, dirt, rust, sediment, and other visible contaminants that can affect the water's clarity, taste, and overall quality.

The process of sediment filtration involves passing raw municipal or well water through a medium with pores of varying sizes. As the water flows through the filter medium, larger particles become trapped within the filter, while the cleaner water passes through.  While we occasionally call out these first stage filter media as being suitable for “sticks and bricks” of “fish and frogs” that are left behind in the municipal water treatment process, the effectiveness of sediment filters is primarily determined by the size of the particles they can capture, which is usually measured in microns (µm).

Micron Ratings for Sediment Filters

Micron ratings on a water filter indicate the smallest particle size that the filter is designed to effectively capture and remove from the water. The micron rating is measured in micrometers (µm), where one micrometer is equivalent to one millionth of a meter.

Human hair typically has a diameter ranging from about 20 to 180 micrometers (µm), which means it falls within the range of 20 µm to 180 µm. Therefore, human hair is larger than 5 micrometers and would effectively be captured by a filter with a 5-micron rating, even if we split the diameter 5 ways!

For example, if a water filter has a micron rating of 5 µm, it means that the filter is capable of capturing particles that are 5 micrometers in size or larger. Particles smaller than the specified micron rating might still pass through the filter.

Different water filters are designed with varying micron ratings to target different types of contaminants. It's important to note that the micron rating alone doesn't provide a complete picture of a filter's performance. Factors such as the filter material, design, flow rate, and overall filtration technology also play a significant role in how effectively a filter can remove contaminants.

Sediment Filters typically have higher micron ratings (e.g., 5 µm or 10 µm) and are primarily used to remove visible particles like sand, silt, and rust from water.

When selecting a water filter, it's essential to consider the specific contaminants you want to target and choose a filter with an appropriate micron rating and filtration capability. Keep in mind that using filters with different micron ratings in a multi-stage filtration system can help address a wider range of contaminants and improve overall water quality.

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Protect Downstream Water Treatment Systems with Sediment Filters

Food Grade Sediment Filters

Food-grade sediment filters are commonly made from materials such as pleated polyester, melt-blown polypropylene, string-wound polypropylene, ceramic, and cellulose. The design of these filters allows for a gradual buildup of captured particles, which helps prolong the filter's lifespan before replacement is necessary. The effectiveness of the various designs for sediment filters are typically referred to as “dirt holding capacity”. As the filter continues to accumulate sediment, its flow rate might decrease, indicating that it's time for maintenance.

One of the key benefits of using sediment filters is their ability to protect downstream water treatment systems. By removing larger particles before they can reach more sensitive equipment like water softeners, reverse osmosis membranes, Ultra Filtration systems, and UV sterilization units, sediment filters help these systems operate more efficiently and last longer.

Sediment Filtration Requires Multiple Steps

Sediment filtration is often one of the initial stages in a multi-step water treatment process. Depending on the water source and its specific contaminants, sediment filters might be followed by other treatment methods like activated carbon filtration, ion exchange, chemical disinfection, or advanced purification technologies. WaterWise modular filter head manifolds enable inexpensive sediment cartridges to be added in front of previously installed water treatment systems.

Sediment filters are essential components of water treatment systems that remove visible particles and debris from untreated water. They enhance water quality by enhancing clarity, taste, and safety, while also safeguarding downstream equipment from potential damage and clogging.

WaterWise Sediment (SED) Cartridges

Proudly Manufactured in USA and fully NSF Certified, this filter will effectively filter many impurities from water including scale particles and other particulate matter such as dirt, sand, rust, silt, and other sediment. Removal of these particles can extend the life of any pump bearing equipment including washing machines, dish washers, car wash systems, other appliances, and water heaters.

Lead free and Prop 65 compliant, our pleated sediment filters provide maximum effective open surface areas allowing for high flow rates, reduced pressure losses as well as high dirt holding capacity, long service life, large throughputs, and overall lower operating costs.  Our High flow capability makes for a great first stage in water treatment systems where abnormally high particulate matter results in premature clogging of expensive CTO, Chloramine, Resin or other cartridges.

Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) interface ensures customer and product safety without disruption to operations to open and sanitize drop in systems. Built in barrel valve in the WaterWise manifold systems eliminate the need to shut off water supply and drain drop-in systems during cartridge changes.


Filters and Reduces: Sediment, sand, silt, dirt, rust, and scale particles.


To locate an authorized service dealer, or order replenishment cartridges, please contact us today via our website or call 866.551.0510

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