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Too much carbon in water

I started noticing a lot of dark specks (carbon, I presume) in my Brita-filtered water. Although I didn't think the filter was in need of changing yet, I decided to go ahead and change it. I was still noticing tons of carbon, even more than before (both in the upper portion of the Brita and in the water itself (though to a lesser extent). I don't remember it ever being like this in all these years. I changed the filter yet again, thinking maybe I had a bad filter. Same thing. I followed the directions with the filters, soaking them and then letting out the first couple of gallons. But I continue to get tons of carbon chips in the upper portion of the Brita and more and more in the water. In fact, I just looked at the bottom of my water and it was filled with large carbon chips and smaller, sand-like black chips. It's not my water - it's coming from the filters. I have no idea what to do.

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  • johnnylimo Apr 04, 2009

    I have exact same problem but I am unaware how to fix. I didn't buy the brita to put more garbage in my water. I thought it was just a bad filter and was going to just change it but the other user indicated he tried and had same problem with the replacement. The solutions indicated possible bad BATCH of filters? How is this possible? Return them to brita for analysis? Yeah and I bet they'll reimburse me for the postage and the filter and my time and all the carbon i have been injesting for the past three weeks. 



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Sounds like a bad batch of filters. Stop using them and return them to Brita for analysis and replacement

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