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Why Refrigerator Water Filters Must Be Changed After Any Boil Water Alert

West Virginia Drinking Water Safety MapAs of this morning, nearly half the residents impacted by the water contamination incident in West Virginia are being notified that their tap water is once again safe to use.

But before tap water is used again – for drinking, cleaning, cooking or anything else – there are critical steps that all residents should take.  While many of these steps are being more  heavily publicized now in light of the West Virginia chemical spill, each of these steps are critical after any incident causes a significant water event or boil water alert.

For those that have not suffered through a boil water alert, this is an indication from water officials in the local area that tap water has been deemed as potentially dangerous for drinking or use.  A boil water alert is a serious event and one that should be taken extremely seriously both during and after the incident ends.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water FilterIn online forums related to boil water alerts, a question that continues to arise is whether or not tap water must be boiled if a water filter, including a refrigerator water filter, is in use.  The answer is a definitive yes.

First, the primary objective of a refrigerator water filter is to improve the taste of the water and ice dispensed by the fridge.  Our most popular refrigerator water filters, including Maytag’s UKF8001 and Whirlpool’s 4396710, are carbon-based filters and are simply not designed to remove bacteria or hard-core chemicals (such as the MCHM that is currently flowing through West Virginia water lines.)

Once the boil water alert ends, replacing all point-of-use filters – including refrigerator water filters – is just as critical as avoiding use of water during the alert.  This instruction comes directly from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The reasoning behind this is that the filter media itself can become contaminated – and because the filter isn’t designed to trap certain chemicals or bacteria or reduce the likelihood that these nasties will end up in your drinking water – your filter can become a storing ground just waiting for you to pour your next glass.  This can result in accidental exposure or sickness after your drinking water supply has been deemed otherwise safe.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter 4396710If you live in an area where boil water alerts and water quality issues are common, we would recommend:

  1. Order From Us Online or Via Phone and Request Rush Shipping
    At FridgeFilters.com, we have nearly every type of refrigerator water filter you could possibly need at prices to beat the big box stores, provided you can even find the filter you need at a big box store.  Our customer service team, available via phone at 800-683-8353, are also happy to offer rush shipping options that ensure you get your filter quickly – especially in situations like the chemical spill and corresponding water contamination incident in West Virgina.
  2. Order 2 – 3 Filters At A Time
    As you order more filters, not only will your price go down, but you will likely qualify for free shipping – as all our orders over $75 ship free.  Just as importantly, you’ll always have the replacement water filter on-hand that you need.

In addition to replacing your water filters, flushing your water lines and thoroughly cleaning your refrigerator icemaker are also critical steps to adhere to after any boil water alert.  For instructions on how to flush your lines, and details regarding what other appliances should be cleaned and flushed after a boil water alert ends, we would recommend the resources below.  With the chemical spill in West Virginia still fresh in everyone’s minds, each link below is current within a few days of this post’s publication:

If you have any additional questions regarding the chemical spill and drinking water contamination in West Virginia, we would encourage you to visit the West Virginia American Water website for real-time updates.  We will also continue to link to relevant updates from our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

If you have any additional questions regarding what to do during or after a boil water alert, we welcome you to call our customer service team at 800-683-8353.

4 Days Left: Faucet Filters Are Your Secret Holiday Weapon

Brita Faucet FiltersYour holiday guests are thirsty.

Your holiday guests are hungry.

Your holiday guests are still missing some presents under the tree.

And as for you, the holidays are leaving you just a touch dehydrated.

Our guess is that many of you will find yourself in one of the situations above, before the next few weeks are out.  Fortunately, faucet filters can be your secret weapon for getting through every one of these scenarios unscathed.

Think first about the activity that will happen in and out of your kitchen.  You may have just reinstalled your refrigerator water filters, and for good measure, you may have just refilled your Culligan or Brita water filter pitcher.  But many will still flock towards the kitchen sink for that much needed hydration.  Ensuring your tap water is clean and ready to drink makes for both happy holidays guests and a great holiday host.

It also goes without saying that much of the food prepared in your kitchen this holiday season will depend on your tap water as a key ingredient.  Installing a faucet filter to reduce contaminants and impurities in your tap water has the added benefit of ensuring that anything you cook with this water will also represent the cleanest possible food.

Finally, if you are still struggling to fill those last few spots under the tree, there is no greater gift you can give to someone than clean drinking water.  A faucet filter makes an ideal gift for anyone living in a home with older pipes, families that consume enormous amounts of water, or anyone that finds themselves moving frequently – including students or military personnel.

In addition to the Brita faucet filter linked to above, we are proud to offer faucet filter systems from GE and from the Culligan On-Tap series on our site.

Whether you need a faucet filter for yourself or as a gift this holiday season – place your order with us by 4pm CST on Monday, December 16th and we’ll make sure you have it by Christmas Eve.

For any questions about the types of faucet filters we offer, or for help finding a specific model, call our dedicated customer support team at 1-800-683-8353.

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Are you a veteran, currently serving in the Armed Forces, or are you buying a gift for a veteran or soldier?  Use the discount code ‘SOLDIER’ at checkout to take 10% off your entire order!