Why You May Need A Whole House Filter On City Water

Whole house filter new and used for three months

A picture is worth a thousand words. This photo compares a “whole house” new filter compared to the same filter that had been on Asheville city water for three months or approximately 8,000 gallons of water use. These GE filters have a three-month or 30,000 gallon life span and filter sediment, chlorine taste and odor. The filters cost about $30 and can be purchased at Home Depot. They are not that difficult to install with some plumbing as you can see from the installed photo. We recommend shut-off valves be added on both sides of the filter.

Installed whole house filter system

Asheville city water claims that their water quality surpasses all requirements and that Asheville water is one of the best sources of water in the country.

Here is the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report from the City of Asheville.

Although Asheville may have high standards there appears to be a large amount of sediment (among other things) in the pipes that is causing the filters to turn black and restrict water flow in about a fourth of the purported filter life span. We think they may still have work to do.

Realty 828 does not claim to be water quality experts – please check with a water quality professional about your own water quality.