Filtrine’s Lead Removal Water Filtration System Sends Chilled/Purified Water to Multiple Outlets


Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS)


Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland


From 2008 to 2013, the Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) contracted to have Filtrine’s dedicated drinking water chillers with UV sterilization and lead removal filters serve fresh clean water to drinking fountains and kitchen facilities for a six school renovation project. They were able to reduce the number of bottled water trucks delivering 5 gallon blue bottles and save money for the city. 

In 2010, a group of community and education advocates decided something more needed to be done about Baltimore City’s old and inadequate public school buildings. They approached the city and state for funding. In spring 2013, legislation was signed to enable approximately $1 billion to be raised. As a result, the 21st-Century School Buildings Plan was developed “to bring new or renovated school buildings to students in neighborhoods across the city.” One of the goals of this program is to stop serving bottled drinking water and use filtered city water; however an aging city water infrastructure has proved to be particularly challenging. After weighing different options the engineers asked Filtrine to build a point of entry water system for each new school constructed in the city of Baltimore. 


Each school has its own requirements starting with the Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle School. The engineers worked with Filtrine and decided on Filtrine’s Taste Master® Model IL90-PFTM-0.5 lead removal module. This system is rated at 140 GPM with four stainless steel clamp down housings mounted on a painted steel platform with 2″ skids and (21) 5.0 micron spun poly pre-filters. In addition, they ordered (63) 0.5 micron carbon block lead removal elements to keep enough spare elements on hand for (1) year of operation.

The Robert Poole Building, an Academy for College and Career Exploration & Independence School needed more capacity, so they specified a larger Taste Master® Model IL140-PFTM-0.5L lead removal module. This filtration skid is rated at 140 GPM with 4 stainless steel  clamp down housings mounted on a painted steel platform with 2″ skids and  (21) 5.0 micron spun poly pre-filters and (63) 0.5 micron carbon block lead removal elements for a 1 year supply.

For the Frederick Elementary School, a Taste Master® Model IL140-PFTM-0.5L in-line prefilter/lead removal filter/purifier module rated at 140 GPM was ordered with one clamp down housing and (7) 5.0 micron spun poly pre-filter elements and three clamp down housings plus (21) 0.5 micron carbon block lead removal elements. This module also included a differential pressure switch (DPS) and light for monitoring filter change and a dry contact for remote alarm connection and integration with a building management system (BMS). The engineers also decided on a two year service contract which included labor and materials to monitor and maintain the operation of the filtration module, including the changing of filter elements on a scheduled basis no more than three times per year.

Filtrine Equipment Used:

Filtrine’s Taste Master® 0.8 to 140 GPM filter housings are constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel and are rated at 125 psi working pressure. They are built to outlast the piping in the building. The Taste Master® elements meet the NSF/ANSI standards 42 and 53 for removal of lead, sediment, organic tastes/odors, chlorine taste/odors and pathogens and are biodegradable. Filtrine’s exclusive “Dual Seal” design ensures first-day effectiveness for the life of the element.

Low and inexpensive maintenance is one of Filtrine’s primary goals, and Filtrine guarantees that the element replacement procedure can be completed in less than 30 seconds and requires no tools to perform. The environmentally friendly Filtrine filter/purifier configuration cuts down on waste, saving money over time.

For more information on Filtrine point of entry systems, download the Point of Entry Water Filtration Guide, or call your local drinking water representative.

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