The Garden Hose Filter: A Versatile and Very Useful Tool
The garden hose filter above, mounted on a stand designed by its owner, is used to soften water used for rinsing roof-mounted solar panels. Softening the water prevents streaking and scale build-up on the panels and allows the user to avoid the dangerous and difficult task of climbing onto the roof to hand-clean the panels.
This is only one of many uses of the very versatile garden hose filter. Other common uses are providing clean, good-tasting drinking water for work crews via a garden hose, removing chlorine or chloramine from water used to irrigate organic gardens, providing chemical-free water for fish ponds and aquariums, removing sediment that can stop up irrigation emitters, providing soft water for washing cars, boats, motorcycles, patios, driveways, and, as stated, roof-mounted solar panels.
Cartridge-style garden hose filters come in many sizes. The filter above uses the largest–the 4.5″ X 20″. Other popular sizes accommodate 2.5″ X 9.75″, 2.5″ x 20″, and 4.5″ X 9.75″ cartridges. They can be wall mounted, mounted on a custom-made stand, like the filter above, or simply tossed on the ground. They are durable: dirt and water don’t hurt them.
Speaking of variety, here’s a unique application that was featured in the Pure Water Occasional at the time of last year’s National Garden Hose Day celebration. Go here for everything you ever wanted to know about garden hose filters.