Things You'll Need
Brita pitcher or water cooler
Brita replacement filters
Read all Brita filter instructions before using the filtration system. Purchase the right size pitcher according to your needs. Follow the recommended replacement schedule. Brita recommends that you replace the filter in a pitcher every two months or every 40 gallons. Brita recommends that you replace the filters in a water cooler every four months or every 80 gallons. For an extra refreshing taste, add a few drops of lemon or lime and ice to your personal cup of filter water.
Do not be alarmed at the small black particles in the bottom of your pitcher. Carbon dust may appear during the first few usages.
Tap water can be full of harmful contaminants like lead, copper, mercury, calcium carbonate and iron. Depending on your residential location, your tap water may come from a municipal water supply, wells, creeks, lakes, rivers or rainwater. After the water has run from one source, through your plumbing and out of your faucet, the next step should be a Brita water filtration system. Brita filters are known to reduce the level of contaminants in your water supply.
Keep it clean!Begin the filtration process by washing your hands with soapy water. Keeping your hands clean prevents you from cross contaminating your water supply. Once your hands are clean, you may proceed in unwrapping the Brita filter.
Soak it.Soak your filter in a large cup. Make sure the water completely covers the filter. This process takes at least fifteen minutes. Take this time to clean out your pitcher. Wash it out with warm soapy water and rinse it thoroughly. If you are using a water cooler, take this time to wipe down the outside of the cooler with a clean towel or dishcloth.
Insert the filter.Take the filter out of the cup of water and let the remnants drip in the sink for a second or two. Then place the filter into the pitcher or water cooler. Try to slightly twist the filter, to make sure it has been inserted correctly. There should be no gap between the filter and the base of the pitcher.
Add water.Add cold water to the Brita pitcher or water bottle for the cooler. Be sure to fill the pitcher or bottle to capacity. This will ensure the maximum amount of fresh water for your consumption!
Wait a while.Give yourself a few minutes to let the filtration system finish. This is the time to wipe up any spilled water on the counter tops and floors.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Tomiko "Tomi" Cary has been writing articles online since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism from William Paterson University. Cary also attended New York University's Journalism Program, where she received a Professional Studies Certificate of Completion. She blogs food reviews for SeamlessWeb.