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SpringWell Water offers 2 whole house well water filter systems, the WS1 and the WS4. They were designed for “economical and environmentally friendly” private well water treatment.
What do they remove? Primarily iron, hydrogen sulfide, and/or manganese for clean, fresh-tasting water free from rotten egg smell that doesn’t stain toilets, sinks, and laundry…
|Filter Capacity:||18-25 Years|
|Water Flow Rate:||12-20 gpm|
|Annual Cost:||Only for Backwashing|
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Most importantly, what are the maximum contaminant levels the WS1 and WS4 can handle?
According to SpringWell,
Please note: This is the maximum combined.
There’s no difference between the 2 systems in terms of contaminant removal rates. Where they differ is size and consequently how much filtered water they can provide per minute. The smaller WS1 whole house well water filter has a 12 gpm (gallons per minute) service flow rate enough for 1-4 bathrooms, whereas the WS4 delivers up to 20 gpm for even larger homes.
Min/max required water pressure: 25-80 psi.
Regardless of which version you choose, this is what the water filtration process looks like:
In a nutshell, the combination of air injection and greensand filter media is what makes SpringWell’s whole house well water filters so effective. Many other systems rely on air injection OR greensand alone.
That said, your water must have a pH range of 6.5 – 10 for the filtration process to be effective. What’s more, you shouldn’t be using the WS1 or WS4 with water that is microbiologically unsafe without further treatment – think UV water purification. We recommend you reach out to SpringWell for more information on that matter. Tip: They have a live chat feature on their website.
Last but not least, the SpringWell WS is often paired with the SpringWell CF whole house water filter for the removal of chemicals, organics, and a bunch of water-soluble heavy metals.
The automatic backwashing feature and the air pocket reset are controlled by an electronic head. So after the initial programming you can completely forget about the system. There’s no media to replace and no filter to change. Everything is virtually maintenance-free.
Speaking of programming, the Bluetooth function allows you to program, view, and adjust all settings via smartphone or tablet. You can even start a manual backwash cycle if need be – all in the Legacy View app.
As far as installation goes, it’s like hooking up any other whole house water filter, only that a drain connection is required. So if you’re handy around the house you can probably set everything up yourself.
Did we mention the 6-month risk-free satisfaction guarantee and the lifetime warranty on tanks, valves, fittings and filter media? If anything goes wrong SpringWell Water is there to help.
The SpringWell WS – learn more on Springwellwater.com
Like we said, DIY installation shouldn’t be a problem if you can follow instructions. You don’t have to worry about installing an extra bypass by the way. A bypass valve is part of the package together with an illustrated installation guide.
According to the company, greensand filter media lasts 18 to 25 years. No maintenance required!
Installation instructions for the SpringWell WS1/WS4: https://www.springwellwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/WS1_WS4-Instructions-Instructions_.pdf
The fittings included are plastic so there’s a chance of cross-threading if you’re not careful. Not really a big deal.
Neither the SpringWell Water WS1 nor the WS4 whole house well water filters come cheap. But they are worth the price tag. People are very pleased with their results: No more rotten egg smell, no more toilet and shower staining, and improved taste. All things considered, they are our go-to choice and best for well water treatment. Bottom line: 5 stars!
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This completes our SpringWell WS1 and WS4 review. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!