Filter replacement is essential for product to perform as represented. Replace filter every 40 gallons (about 2 months for the average family). Water Coolers require 2 filters; replace both filters every 80 gallons (about 4 months for the average family. Getting Started (See User's Guide for detailed instructions): Wash your hands before unwrapping the filter. Pitchers/Dispensers - 1. Soak new filter. 2. Insert filter into reservoir. 3. Add cold tap water. It is normal for carbon dust to appear in your first 2 pitchers. Discard this water or use it to water plants. Water Coolers: 1. Soak new filters. 2. Insert filters into cooler. 3. Fill bottle with water. Discard four glasses from each tap after filters are replaced.
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The Brita Pitcher Filter is not intended to purify water. Do not use with water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection before or after the system. Individuals requiring water of special microbiological purity should follow the advice of their doctor or local health officials regarding the use and consumption of their tap water and Brita water.