Originally Posted by mangus7175
Thanks Dale, one last question, do you know if First Need still makes replacement cartridges for this model?
Yes and no. The original filter is not available. The current/updated filter will work:
"The First Need XLE Elite Water Purifier Replacement Canister is also compatible with First Need XL and earlier systems. The new XLE canister is more durable and shock proof and equipped with a new Cleanout Port for backwashing without hose removal and flow reversal, reducing contact with dirty water. The Cleanout Port extends canister life (180 gallons) by efficient removal of silt and debris."
These filters can be backflushed. You can get a barb fitting to go on your faucet or garden hose and attach that to the clean side hose of this one. With slow easy pressure, your can flush out sediment. Pre-filtering with a coffee filter or even a folded bandana is a good idea with any filter.