Combining old-fashioned ingenuity with modern filtration technology, our Water Cooler is the best of both worlds. Simply pour a gallon of water into the wide top and gravity feeds it through a dual micro-pore ceramic/activated carbon filter that removes 95% of chlorine, pesticides,heavy metals including iron, aluminum, lead and 100% cryptosporidium, giardia and sediment. Water is constantly chilled as its molecules slowly pass through the natural terra-cotta shell in an evaporative cooling process used by the pioneers to keep water fresh. Filters 6 gallons a day. Filters last 1 year or 2,500 gallons. 10" W x 20"H
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Product Is Manufactured To Meet:
Accreditation, Certification And Approval From:
ISO- 9002 The World Health Organization Department of Health [Toronto, Ontariol Counties Public Health Laboratories [London, England] Japan Food Research Laboratories University of Arizona (USA) Spectrum Labs (Minneapolis, USA) National Sanitation Foundation (standards 42 & 53) Over 50 Independent Laboritories Worldwide
0.5 micron absolute (Spectrum Labs)
99.7% of particles larger than 0.3 micron (Spectrum Labs) 98% of particles larger than 2.0 micron (Spectrum Labs)
95% taste and odor
100% removal of live Cryptosporidium (WRc Standard)
100% removal of live Cryptosporidium (University of Arizona - Sterling) 99.999% removal of Cryptospondium (NSF Std.53 - A.C.fines dust - 4 log challenge
E. Coili, Vibrio Cholerae, Salmonella Typhil, Shigella Dysenteria, Kiebsiella Terrigena
99.999% (Hyder Labs)
100% (Larger than .9 micron absolute)
Hydrogen Sulphide ( H2S )
Herbicides, Insecticides, Rodenticides
Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Does Not Remove
Sodium, sulfur, calcium, alkaline, flouride and excessive concentrations of heavy metals i.e. iron.
John Doulton founded his first pottery in 1815 at Lambreth, England on the banks of the Thames river. The main products of the original company were ceramic busts, figurines, canning jars and tableware. Influenced by thc unrelenting progress of tho Industrial Revolution, Doulton placed equal emphasis on industrial applications for ceramic technology. As early as 1827, this fine china manufacturer was in the water treatment business, using various earth and clay materials in the first Doulton water filters.
In 1835, Queen Victoria recognized the present health dangers in her drinking water and commissioned Doulton to produce a water filter for the Royal household. Doulton created a gravity fed stoneware filter that combined the technology of a ceramic filter with the artistry of a hand crafted pottery water container. In consideration of her pleasure with the new device, Queen Victoria bestowed upon Doulton the right to embellish each of its units with the ROYAL CREST. John Doulton's son, Henry, introduced the Doulton Manganous Carbon water filter in 1862, the same year that Louis Pasteur's experiments with bacteria conclusively exploded the myth of Spontaneous Generation. This more advanced understanding of bacteria made it possible to direct Research and Development efforts to the creation of a porous ceramic capable of filtering out these tiny organisms. By 1901, King Edward knighted Henry Doulton and honored the company by authorizing it to use the word ROYAL in reference to its products. In 1906, Doulton introduced a filter that proved to be equal to the one Louis Pasteur had developed in France. It was rapidly adopted by hospitals, laboratories and for use in domestic water filtration throughout the world. The popularity, and effectiveness of even the early 20th century designs has resulted in their continued use in Africa and the Middle East. The range and efficiency of Doulton domestic water filters has been widely extended over the years to meet the demands of increasingly sophisticated uses. At the core of the Doulton ceramic filter element is the most basic of elements ...EARTH. This is the same substance which artisans, first in Asia then in Europe, refined into exquisite porcelain and pottery of the Shoguns and Kings. This material is Diatomaceous Earth [D.E.], a fossil substance, made up of tiny silicon shells left by trillions of microscopic, one celled algae called diatoms that have inhabited the waters of the earth for the last 150 million yeaxs. Diatoms have one property that sets them apart from other algae. They weave microscopic shells which they use for the protection and locomotion. These shells are covered with a pattern of tiny holes so regular that even the slightest change in their design usually signifies a different species. As the diatoms died, their. shells survived, slowly piling up in deposits at the bottom of geological lakes and lagoons. When these lakes dried up, what remained were huge deposits of &qyot;diatomaceous earth". Tt~day there are over 1500 uses for Diatomaceous Earth, from abrasives for toothpaste, filtering agents for water and milk, heat insulators for kilns, to polishing agents in nail polishes, and many many more. The latest designs of Doulton filter elements incorporate Oligodynamic silver impregnated into a porous ceramic outer shell [80,000,000 pores] that can trap bacteria down to as low as .22 of a micron in particle size [1/100,000 of an inch]. Laboratories consider a filtering medium with an effective pore size of .01 micron to .45 micron to be bacteriologically sterile and .45 micron to 1.0 micron to be bacteriologically safe. Regrowth of bacteria that becomes trapped either on the outside of the element or in the ceramic's pores is controlled by the silver which, on contact with water, reduces small quantities of positively charged metals ions. These ions are taken into the enzyme system of the bacteria's cell and thereby neutralize it. The flow rate of the ceramic filter can be easily renewed by simply brushing its outer surface under running water. As the top layer of ceramic and the contaminants are brushed off and flushed away, a new layer becomes available. This process can be repeated several hundred times before the ceramic material is exhausted. These products are currently sold and used in over 150 countries throughout the world.
Where Is The La Natural Made?
The La Natural is made in South America. Here's a nice picture of the factory. The filter is made in England by Doulton.
How Is The La Natural Made?
The La Natural is made by hand. Here is a picture of the manufacturing process.
How Do I Eliminate The Earthy Taste In The Water?
Fill the upper reservoir with water and let filter normally. Empty lower reservoir, and repeat Steps 1, 2 & 3 until earthy taste is eliminated. If larger container (e.g. bathtub, or kitchen sink) is available, submerge both upper and lower units (without filter) into hot water and let stand overnight. This will greatly shorten the "priming" process.
The Flow Rate Is Slower Than When The Filter Was First Used. How Do I Correct This?
Remove the ceramic candle filter and wash it with water ONLY. The ceramic filter can be scrubbed with a soft brush. DO NOT use soap or detergents. Shake filter candle vigorously to possibly unclog media granules inside filter.
The Outside Surface Of The La Natural Is White. What Does This Mean?
If the outside of the terra cotta unit appears dirty or the surface turns white from harmless air-borne molds on the moist surface of the terra cotta surface, clean outer surface with a wet cloth ONLY Always leave the terra cotta unit in an open area which is well ventilated. The water remains cool inside the unit because of the evaporation of water through the walls of the terra cotta.
List Of Items Included
Terra cotta base Terra cotta or Plastic upper unit with lid Spigot with washers If spigot is not already installed, follow these instructions: Remove spigot from packing Insert spigot into lower unit from the outside with one gasket Slip gasket on to spigot threads (interior of unit) and screw on wingnut hand tight Turn spigot by hand one (1) full rotation clockwise (usually without the use of tools). Fill lower unit with water to ensure no leaking If leaking occurrs, repeat the notes d & e
Installation And Replacement Of The Ceramic Filter
Slip one washer over stem of filter snug to bottom of filter Insert stem of filter through center opening inside upper unit with filter upright Slip wingnut on filter stem (visible from outside bottom of upper unit) and hand tighten for snug fit
Elimination Of Earthy Taste
New terra cotta may initially impart a slight "Earthy Taste" into the water which can be eliminated by the following methods:
Fill the upper reservoir with water and let filter normally Empty lower reservoir, and repeat Steps 1, 2 & 3 until earthy taste is eliminated If larger container, (e.g.bathtub, or kitchen sink) is available, submerge both upper and lower units (without filter) into hot water and let stand overnight. This will greatly shorten the "priming" process. Proceed to Steps 1, 2, & 3 to start drinking cool, fresh tasting water.
Use And Maintenance
If the flow rate of filtration is not 1/4 gallon per hour or it becomes
noticeably slower than when the filter was first used:
Remove the ceramic candle filter and wash it with water ONLY. The ceramic filter can be scrubbed with a soft brush. DO NOT use soap or detergents. Shake filter candle vigoriously to possibly unclog media granules inside filter. If the outside of the terra cotta unit appears dirty or if the surface turns white from harmless air-borne molds on the moist surface of the terra cotta surface:
Clean outer surface with a wet cloth ONLY. Always leave the terra cotta unit in an open area which is well ventilated. The water remains cool inside the unit because of the evaporation of water through the walls of the terra cotta
To retain a constant one gallon capacity, refill upper portion with the same amount of water dispensed. this will eliminate possible overflowing between upper and lower section.
Please fill in warranty card and mail. This will ensure notification in . one year when the filter is due to be changed