W ater cleanliness is required not only when it comes to the water you consume for hydration purposes, but for the water you use for cooking and showering/bathing. Needless to say, appliances which use water during their operation need for the liquid to be softened and preferably impurity-free for their lifespan to not be cut short. Alas, the poor quality of water that comes from the municipal systems or from sources like wells makes it impossible to enjoy clean water without some form of water purification system.
Knowing that this is an issue which greatly affects most U.S. households, Pelican Water Systems, a company renowned and respected in the home water treatment market, has released a series of systems that specifically tend to the removal of impurities and contaminants from the water while it is still inside the pipes, before reaching its final destination which could potentially be your drinking glass.
Pelican Water Systems prides itself with two releases that have revolutionized the home water treatment market, more precisely the PC600 which is best suited for small and medium-sized homes with 1-3 bathrooms, and the PC1000 system that is intended for use in large-sized homes with 4-6 bathrooms. These whole house systems provide a hefty purification process granted by their 4-stage filtration process during which quality media are employed to dramatically reduce contaminant content from the water that runs through the pipes. This way, when it reaches the tap, shower, or any other source, the water you use and consume will be 100% impurity-free.
|Capacity||Flow rate||Operating pressure||Operating temperature||Warranty|
|600,000 gal.||12 GPM||25 – 80 PSI||36°F – 120°F||Lifetime|
|Capacity||Flow rate||Operating pressure||Operating temperature||Warranty|
|1,000,000 gal.||16 GPM||25 – 80 PSI||36°F – 120°F||Lifetime|
Chlorine reduction efficiency
What interests the most in these systems is their efficiency when tackling the removal of chlorine from the water as this is the main contaminant which plagues our drinking water, causing it to have a funky smell and taste. Luckily, by installing either of the aforementioned systems, whether it is the PC600 or the PC1000 model, you won’t have to worry about chlorine content in tap water as it will be reduced up to 97%. Thus, no more bad taste and odor, and the air inside the bathroom will be purer as well as chlorine vapors won’t be released every time you shower/bathe.
- Stage 1 –> 5-micron pre-filter: It reduces sand, debris, silt, and sediment down to 5 microns in order to enhance the effectiveness of the filtration media which succeed it.
- Stages 2 & 3 –> Catalytic granular activated carbon media: It is designed to remove chlorine and chloramines that deteriorate the taste and smell of the water. Furthermore, it eliminates other health-threatening impurities, including pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and industrial solvents.
- Stage 4 –> KDF-55 media: This bacteriostatic copper-zinc reduction oxidation media tends to the prevention and reduction of algae and bacteria growth to ensure utter purity of the water that runs through the pipes.
There is not much needed on your part when it comes to maintenance as care and cleaning are required only once every 5 years. Buy the replacement media and install it as instructed in the user manual when the 5-year period since the moment of installation passes, and you are ensured to have a well-functioning system of your hands.
The only maintenance chore that needs your attention more often is replacing the sediment pre-filter once every 6 to 9 months, depending on how large is the quantity of sediment present in the water.
This indicates that the tank is not properly leveled. What you must do is lift it up 6 inches and tap it until it sits in a perfectly vertical position. It has a round bottom, the boot allowing it to stand upright if leveled correctly.
Water can leak from the top side of the tank around the head, and what you should do in this situation is turn the head in order to tighten it. Usually, it comes pre-installed hand-tight, so make sure you don’t accidentally over-tighten it but rather only turn it slightly.
Water is grey or cloudy
If this happens during the first few days after the installation procedure, have patience as it is a normal occurrence and it will pass on its own. The extra carbon dust is what causes it, and there is no reason for you to worry if the issue emerges.
Water pressure is slowing
Check the sediment filter and, if needed, replace it as it is the most likely source for the drop witnessed in water pressure. It is instructed that you replace this part once every 6 to 9 months, depending on the exact amount of sediment in the water supply. However, replacement could be required more often depending on your specific situation.
There are two UV filtration systems that you can add to the PC600 or PC1000 models to enhance their water purifications capabilities, the UV Max PUV-7 being compatible with the PC600, while the UV Max PUV-14 is installable on the PC1000. Due to the presence of the disinfections system, you won’t have to worry about waterborne pathogenic organisms which may cause various illnesses as these microorganisms will be completely eliminated so that you don’t ingest them. Basically, UV filtration tends to the elimination of viruses, bacteria, and pathogens, and it even prevents their reproducing.
Specs and basic information
- Lamp lifespan: On the controller screen, the lamp life will be displayed, counting down the number of days until it requires changing from 365 days to 1 day. In day “0”, instead of displaying this number, “A3” will appear on the screen.
- Lamp failure: When the screen goes blank, it means that there is a UV lamp failure. In addition to the blank screen, an intermittent audible tone will go off to let you know that the system requires your attention so that you may remedy the situation.
- Total operational days: On the screen, the total running time of the controller is displayed so that you may easily track all operational aspects which interest you. For example, as the pre-filter of the base system needs to be changed once every 6 to 9 months, this time tracking comes in handy as you can check the controller to see when the routine maintenance period comes.
- A3 code: As aforementioned, when the lamp reaches the end of its life, the code “A3” will be shown on the LED display, and an audible alarm is sent off up to 4 separate times to announce you that it is time to make the replacement.
|Water pressure is slowing||Clogged sediment filter||The 6 to 9-month replacement period has passed of the high sediment contamination of the water has over-solicited it, and you can easily fix the issue by replacing the pre-filter.|
|Flow regulator||When it approaches full flow, it can cause this issue to emerge.|
|Overheated water||Common when water is not frequently used||Let the water run until the ambient temperature is reached.|
|Milky coloration of the water||Air in the water lines||Let the water run until all the air is purged.|
|Bacteria in the water||Sudden water quality change||Test a water sample to see if parameters are within what the allowable limits of the system.|
|Sediment has broken through the pre-filter||Test a water sample for turbidity levels as a more thorough pre-filtration may be needed to remove all sediments entering the system.|
|Stained or dirty quartz sleeve||Use a scale cleaner to clean the sleeve and eliminate the potential source of the staining.|
|Intermittent shut down of the system||Controlled is interrupted||Install the UV system probably as you likely installed it on a circuit that is integrated into a light switch.|
|Make sure that the system is installed on its own circuit for other equipment to not draw power away from it.|
|Water leak||Excessive humidity and cold water caused condensation||Check to find the location of the disinfection system and control humidity.|
|O-ring seal issue||Make sure the O-ring is in place, check for abrasions, clean it, moisten it with lubricant, reinstall, or replace if necessary.|
For those who rely on well water rather than the municipal system for their everyday needs, a more thorough filtration solution is needed because there are different types of contamination issues with this water, issues that emerge as the water is not passed through filtration like tap water from the municipal system is. Generally, hardness is the main issue of well water, so it is recommended that you opt for a salt-free softener for it to tackle your specific set of water quality issues. The two options put at your display by Pelican feature are combo filter and softener systems which specifically target the hardness issue besides the classic quality contaminant elimination provided by the basic systems.
Potential well water contaminants and their effect
- Nitrites and nitrates: Present in fertilizers, human sewage, animal waste, and chemical fertilizers, high levels cause methomoglobinemia in newborns, and reduce the ability of your blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the body.
- Organic chemicals: Found in inks, dyes, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, sealants, and a wide range of products, high levels cause damage to the liver, kidneys, reproductive system, nervous system, and even the circulatory system.
- Fluoride: Normal levels can indeed help in preventing tooth decay, but high amounts have repercussions as they can lead to skeletal fluorosis, tooth discoloration, dental fluorosis, and teeth pitting.
- Radionuclides: Released from coal mining, nuclear power production, uranium mining and milling, high levels increase the risk of cancer and cause toxic kidney effects.
- Heavy metals: High levels lead to acute and chronic toxicity, intestinal damage, liver damage, kidney damage, anemia, and even cancer.
Operation and specifications
|Service flow rate||8 GPM||12 GPM|
|Peak flow rate||12 GPM||16 GPM|
|Operating pressure||25 – 80 PSI|
|Operating temperature||36°F – 120°F|
|pH range||7 – 11|
Whether you are looking for a whole house filtration system that cleans the water as it passes through the pipes, a salt-free softener to tackle the pressing issue with hard water in the area you live in, or a UV system that helps get rid of the nasty health-threatening microorganisms like bacteria and viruses, Pelican Water System is a manufacturer that has you covered as it provides viable solutions for a wide range of water quality issues through the systems it releases for consumer use.
The PC600 and PC1000 are the two whole house systems you must look into if you want to bathe with, cook with, and consume clean, impurity-free water every day. The PC600 is the smaller 600,000-gallon version suitable for homes with 1-3 bathrooms and delivers a 12 GPM flow rate, while the PC1000 is the 1,000,000-gallon version recommended for use in large homes with 4-6 bathrooms. Both system boast an unparalleled efficiency granted by the 4-stage purification process used where silt, sediment, sand, chlorine, chloramines, algae, and bacteria are removed from the water supply.
For those faced with microorganism contamination, the UV Max PUV-7 and UV Max PUV-14 UV filtration systems can be added to the pre-installed PC600 and PC1000 filtration systems to provide the needed sterilization to clean the water. Of course, as aforementioned, even hard water is bound to be an issue of the past if you look into the right product, more precisely the PSE1800 or PSE2000 that use salt-free technology to soften water and ensure scale build-up on the pipes and in water-using appliances won’t be an issue anymore.