How much should I pay for installation?
It varies because properties are always set up differently. Most customers would pay a plumber for between 1-3 hours of work + materials (could be pipe, tape etc). The cost is usually between $250-450 depending on what is required. To give you an example of a simple job, a customer with a villa (100+ years old) with good access underneath the house for example took 1.5 hours and 2 metres of new pipe. New housing should be around $150 as it's simpler to install during the build.
What is the warranty?
Our Whole-house RTS-1020 System comes with a 5 year warranty that covers the Filter Housings against manufacturers defects or failure. The Ionizer is maintenance free and has a 5 year warranty (Conditions apply) Filter cartridges are consumable and thus covered against manufacturers defects only. We believe our products represent the best value in a comprehensive approach to total home water treatment. If our customers are unhappy with the results we will take the system back and credit the cost of the item less any freight or labour costs.
What are the running costs of the residential system?
The filters are long life. The general rule is that the sediment filter (1st filter) should be replaced annually. The KDF filter (2nd filter) should be replaced every 2 years. If you are smelling chlorine then the KDF filter needs changing. If your pressure drops, you need to replace the sediment filter.
Replacement filters start at around $55.
What are the benefits of having a Kiwipure system compared to other products?
The Kiwipure system utilises a scientifically proven water softener ('Ionizer') that is chemical and electricity free along with GAC/KDF media and 1micron Sediment filtration. This overall configuration has been shown to dramatically reduce eczema and other skin conditions as well as softening the water which greatly enhances cleaning and reduces lime scale build-up in pipes and appliances. This all at 50% or less of the price of similar systems.
How does the system work?
The system employs well known methods for removing toxins, sediment and heavy metals via a system of filters that are very efficient and economic. It simply takes out the 'junk' that you don't need and certainly don't want in your water! Added to this basic function is our unique (NZ Designed) 'Ionizer' unit. Employing the most powerful rare earth magnets in the world, a principle proven in Shinshu University, Japan October 2005, to successfully treat the compounds contained within water to alter their physical properties. Our ionizer design is, we believe, a world first and has been shown to remove existing scale in pipes, preventing further build-up, while softening water to save on soaps and cleaning. Without needing electricity or chemicals like aluminium based Resin or salt.
Will the system prevent skin diseases like dermatitis and eczema?
We have many testimonials to the effectiveness of the KiwiPure system in greatly reducing irritable skin conditions caused by eczema, dermatitis and allergies. To date we have only had very positive results with skin diseases and no neutral or negative results from any one of our many happy customers.
Does it remove all the chlorine and heavy metals?
Almost, the GAC/KDF filter unit will remove up to 98% of the Chlorine, THM's and other nasty by-products of chlorine sterilization. It also removes many heavy metals and compounds eg. silver, aluminium, cadmium, copper, iron, nickel, zinc, lead, chromium, barium, radon and selenium. Another important aspect of KDF is it increases the lifespan of the Carbon Media, giving you up to four times the life for 20% extra cost..
Does it remove fluoride?
Fluoride is very difficult to remove despite some companies claiming to remove > 50% with a standard carbon filter at normal flow rates. This is not possible and we do not claim to remove fluoride as the amount removed is insignificant. NB. Using hazardous substances to remove fluoride (like aluminium and bone-char carbon) is arguably a greater risk than the fluoride itself.