Does a Brita Water Filter Remove Iron From Water?

A Brita filter works to reduce contaminants from your water, including chlorine that affects its taste and odor, lead and other heavy metals, and bacteria.

Trichlorobenzene, which can cause cancer, and Cadmium are two contaminants commonly found in drinking water resulting from corrosion of galvanized pipes or erosion of natural deposits or discharge from metal refineries.

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Iron is an often-occurring mineral in water, often found naturally in soil and sediments and entering well water from these sources. Sometimes even groundwater itself contains iron. Iron in water can pose numerous problems in homes: altering its flavor while staining surfaces like toilets and fixtures with its presence; high levels may even create metallic-tasting and-colored water that’s hard on your enamel!

When dealing with high levels of iron in your water supply, there are various strategies available to you for extracting it. One effective option is using a carbon filter which oxidizes it and then absorbs it directly from the system – though prior testing must first take place to identify what kind and how much iron there is present.

There are other methods available for extracting iron from water, including ion exchange and reverse osmosis. Both of these techniques can effectively extract it but at higher costs than alternative options.

An air injection system can also help remove iron from water by using aeration to convert dissolved iron to ferric iron, which is easier to filter out than its soluble form.

An effective and cost-efficient solution to remove iron from water is to utilize a sediment filter. These filters can significantly decrease soluble iron levels in your water, and are commonly found at most hardware stores. This form of filtration tends to be quite affordable too!

Iron may not be considered a primary water contaminant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it still poses health risks to your wellbeing. Iron can cause brittle hair and dry skin as well as trigger hemochromatosis in some people, as well as lead to rusty pipes or well casings which could result in significant property damage; testing should be done regularly to make sure it meets safe levels for consumption.


Iron contamination of well water is one of the primary contaminants, creating rusty water with an unpleasant metallic flavor and leaving behind stains on toilets, faucets and appliances. Furthermore, prolonged contact can result in skin and hair pigmentation if washed with it – all things which require special filtration systems in order to be eliminated and improve taste of drinking water. A multi-stage filter system can eliminate these problems and improve taste significantly.

Removing iron from water requires several approaches, including chemical oxidation and mechanical filtration. But for treating well water with high iron levels, reverse osmosis systems offer the most effective treatment, removing both dissolved and suspended iron while also decreasing levels of arsenic and uranium contamination.

Manganese green sand or “Birm” filters provide another effective solution for iron removal from water. Constructed of natural pumice mineral coated with manganese oxide, these filters combine perfectly with potassium permanganate chemical for iron oxidation to ferric iron conversion, trapping it all within their pores until backwashing removes it all. Note that frequent back-washing of this method of filtering must take place to avoid clogging and fouling of this filter media.

Use of a catalytic oxidation system can also help to reduce iron in water by using manganese dioxide catalysts for catalyzing the oxidation of iron and other contaminants in water. Furthermore, regular maintenance and replacement of catalysts is necessary.

Brita pitcher filters not only remove iron and other contaminants from water, but they can also reduce carbonate hardness, chlorine levels, copper and lead levels in drinking water as well. Unfortunately they do not address issues of increased perfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water though.

Many individuals are concerned about the presence of PFAS contaminants in their drinking water, and while manufacturers of water pitchers claim they can reduce PFAS, there is no proof they do so effectively; more likely than not a carbon-based filter can reduce levels of these contaminants in drinking water.


Hexavalent chromium was made famous through Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning movie Erin Brockovich. Although this metallic element is essential to human health in small quantities, any concentration of chromium-6 found in drinking water poses serious risks that include gastrointestinal distress, skin issues and liver and kidney damage – not to mention cancer, reproductive issues, asthma flare-ups and more serious symptoms that could even be fatal if consumed directly into bloodstream.

Chromium-6 enters drinking water primarily through leaching from pipes, industrial plants, and other sources of pollution, although it may also enter from natural sources like rocks and soil depending on its geographic source. Although EPA allows a trace amount of hexavalent chromium in public drinking water supplies, levels in your tap could exceed this threshold amount significantly.

Environmental Working Group recently conducted a study revealing that all counties within the continental US contain water with chromium-6 levels exceeding California’s safety limit of 0.02 parts per billion and are therefore impacting over 218 million Americans.

Unfortunately, there are ways to eliminate chromium-6 from your drinking water supply. One option is using a reverse osmosis system like Culligan’s Aqua-Cleer RO Drinking Water System; this device can help remove contaminants like chlorine, chloramines, lead and heavy metals as well as reduce hexavalent chromium.

If you would like to know if your tap water contains hexavalent chromium, there are at-home testing kits available on the market; however, these aren’t accurate in their ability to detect this chemical. If you want an accurate test conducted for you by Culligan Man – contact him and arrange for testing for both hexavalent chromium and any other potential contaminants in your drinking water supply.

Installing a water filtration system in your home is the ideal way to protect yourself and your family from potential health hazards, and especially hexavalent chromium contamination. A Culligan water filtration system not only reduces this chemical but it will also filter out chlorine, chloramines, heavy metals (like lead and mercury), organic chemicals pesticides herbicides that could otherwise harm family’s wellbeing.


Brita water filters can make your tap water taste better while filtering out some impurities from it, though they won’t remove all. Particularly in areas with higher concentrations of copper and zinc contaminants – which could potentially cause kidney or nerve damage – it is important to make sure that the filter is working efficiently and that its replacement filter(s) are in place and in good working order.

Brita filters use particle filtration and carbon adsorption to filter out harmful contaminants, but do not protect against viruses and bacteria. If you need one that does, look for one with NSF/ANSI certifications as well as performance data sheet.

All Brita water filters reduce chlorine odor and taste, copper, mercury, asbestos, benzene, sediments, microplastics and microplastic particles from water, as well as reduce copper, mercury, asbestos, benzene benzene sediments microplastics; they do not, however, remove fluoride or arsenic. Some models even come equipped with an additional faucet filter to further filter as you pour your drink!

Brita Longlast+ water filters are among the most widely-used options, using carbon to reduce benzene levels and capture large particles in your drinking water. In addition, Stream pitcher filters use dual-layer carbon block technology to remove chlorine, odor and taste from water; other popular Brita options are bottle and faucet filters designed to fit onto various bottle containers.

For optimal water filtration of heavy metals such as copper and zinc, look no further than Brita Elite filters. They feature special coatings designed to reduce their ions to create less-corrosive drinking water. Meanwhile, Brita standard filters may also help lower copper and zinc concentrations without adding mercury or cadmium removal capabilities.

Brita Ultramax filters have been specifically engineered to reduce heavy metals like cadmium and mercury from drinking water, using specially engineered mesh filter technology that prevents clogging to effectively remove their ions from drinking water. Standard Brita filters may also help reduce mercury in drinking water through using an ion exchange resin; additionally they remove other harmful toxins like pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals from drinking water supplies.