How to find the right water filter cartridge for your kitchen's Zip tap.

The Water People on 8 June 2018

When it's time to change over your Zip water tap filter, do you know how to find the right cartridge for it? Replacing Zip water filter cartridges isn't always as simple as finding the exact same model as last time. If you found that your previous filter was underperforming or didn't last as long, it may be time for a change.

The Zip range of water filter replacements includes options that can improve the performance of your tap. In the past, you may have chosen a water filter cartridge that underperformed simply because it was not used for its intended purpose.

If you were using a cartridge intended for residential use in a commercial environment then chances are it wouldn't have lasted as long, or performed as well as you expected. A filter intended for commercial use could have been way more effective.

Installing the right water filter cartridge for your kitchen will provide great benefits. Your kitchen will not only enjoy cleaner water but longer-lasting results that can help you save on maintenance costs, as well.

Not sure what type of cartridge your Zip water filter needs? Ask one of the experts from Water People.

Generic versus branded models

Aftermarket filters can be a viable replacement option for your Zip tap filters. It's always a good practice to double-check the specifications of the aftermarket filter you wish to purchase. You will need to ensure that model numbers match up with the same branded filter you are replacing.

It's also best to check what the capabilities are of your new filter. For example, can your new filter reduce dirt, chlorine, and bad odours from your water? If a new aftermarket filter doesn't perform the same tasks as your previous branded filter, you won't get the same quality of water.

While aftermarket filters can be cheaper, it's always best to consult with an expert. A water filtration company like The Water People can confirm if you're choosing the right filter for your Zip tap.

Finding the right Zip water filter

Are you in the process of trying to figure out what type of Zip water filter replacement you need? One of the first things you can do is identify what type of environment the filter will be used in. The environment of your Zip water filter can help determine which filter cartridge you need.

All Zip water filters come with a rating such as 3 microns. This rating indicates what size particles the Zip water filter can process effectively. There are certain types of filters that are more suited to residential or commercial use. Two of the most common types are 0.2 micron rating and 3 or 5 micron rating water filters.

You'll notice in the table below that not only does each Zip water filter have a rating, but also certified benefits such as the removal of chlorine. If your filter was underperforming in the past, it may have been due to the fact that it simply wasn't designed to filter the type of sediment that it was struggling to filter from your tap.

Filter typeSettingApplication detailsCertified benefitsFilter actions

0.2 micron rating

Residential

Best used in homes and other applications that do not demand high usage

Certified for the removal of chlorine, taste and odour, cysts, lead, heavy metals, and particles larger than 0.2 microns in size

This filter contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial that is used to prevent bacteria growth inside a filter.

3/5 micron rating

Commercial

Best used for commercial applications where the tap has a high usage or when used on water with poor quality (high sediment levels)

Certified for the removal of chlorine, taste and odour particles larger than 3 or 5 microns in size

Contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial that is used to prevent bacteria growth inside the filter.

 

Matching by manufacturer year

Another way to find the correct Zip water filter is to identify the manufacturer year of the tap. New replacements filters can be purchased that match the specifications of filter taps. This can be identified by your Zip tap's serial number. Most of the zip systems serial number starts with 4 digits that identify the year of manufacture. For example, if your serial number is 2009XXXXX, chances are your system was manufactured in 2009.

Check out a few examples below of Zip water filter cartridges that can be used as new replacements:

Zip taps manufactured between 2010-2015

Zip Replacement Filter 91289 thumb

Product name: Zip Global 0.2 - Micron Filter Cartridge 91289

Usage type: Residential

Size: 0.2 micron (sub-micron)

Estimated usage period: Up to 12 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, taste, odour, sediment, cryptosporidium, lead and limescale

 

Product name: Zip Global Plus 3 Micron Replacement Filter 91292

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Usage type: Commercial

Size: 3 micron

Estimated usage period: Up to 4-6 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, taste, odour, sediment, cryptosporidium, lead and limescale

 

Zip taps manufactured between 2015-2017

Product name: Zip Sub Micron Replacement Filter 91240

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Usage type: Residential

Size: 0.5 micron (sub-micron)

Estimated usage period: 12 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, taste, odour, sediment, cryptosporidium, lead, and limescale

 

Product name: Zip 5 Micron Replacement Filter 91241

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Usage type: Commercial

Size: 5 micron

Estimated usage period: 4-6 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, taste, and odour

 

Zip Taps Manufactured After February 2017

Product name: Zip Micropurity 0.2 Micron Replacement Filter Size 1 93701

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Usage type: Residential

Size: 0.2 micron

Estimated usage period: 12 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, taste, odour, sediment, cryptosporidium, giardia, lead

 

Product name: Zip Micropurity 0.2 Micron Replacement Filter Size 2 93704

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Usage type: Commercial

Size: 0.2 micron

Estimated usage period: 4-6 months depending on water quality and usage

Benefits: Reduces chlorine, sediment, taste, odour, cryptosporidium, giardia, lead

 

Zip water filter changes and installation

The changeover and installation of a Zip water filter doesn't have to be done by a certified professional. However, enlisting the assistance of a professional will always be a safer and more reliable option.

Check out our easy installation guide below to see what's involved when it comes to installing a new filter cartridge:

Filter change instructions

Step 1. Turn off the tap for your water mains. This is usually located at the front of your house, where the water meter is.

Step 2. Relieve any built up system pressure by turning on the tap. Use a bucket to collect any discharge.

Step 3. Unpack your Zip water replacement cartridge and remove the sanitary cap.

Step 4. Moisten the O-ring with water and push the new cartridge into the filter head.

Step 5. Turn the filter cartridge 1/4 turn to the right until it comes to a complete stop.

Step 6. Flush at least 10 litres of water through your new Zip water filter cartridge before you start to consume any water from it.

Ask the experts

If you have any doubts about choosing the right cartridge for your Zip water filter, don't be afraid to seek professional advice. The experts at The Water People are more than happy to guide you through the steps of picking the right Zip water filter.

Our diverse range of water filter cartridges includes options for different industries, applications, and performance standards. If you're not confident with installing a new Zip water filter cartridge, our dedicated team of fitters can deliver and install a new one for you.

At the time of installation, our fitters can determine when your filter cartridge may need a replacement and schedule a follow-up appointment. Enquire today and find out how the experts from Water People can help your kitchen maintain a clean and healthy supply of filtered drinking water all year round.

Need expert advice on finding the right filter cartridges for your Zip water filter tap? Get in touch with Water People.