CLEANING THE CONDOR FILTER
In normal use conditions, the Condor filter should be backwashed twice a week. In situations where there is a high demand for filtered water, or a high rate of turbidity in the water, the filter should be backwashed daily. Regular backwashing extends the life of the filter.
Make sure that the water level is just above the filter on the inside of the barrel.
Turn the black outlet tube at the top of the pump so that it is pointing upward.
Place a funnel into the vinyl tube. In order to fully backwash the hollow fiber filter, pour at least 4 liters (1 gallon) of filtered water through the outlet tube.
Turn the pump handle in a counter-clockwise direction while pouring all of the 4 liters (1 gallon) of water through the funnel.
Turning the pump handle in a counter-clockwise direction propels the water through the hollow fiber filter in the reverse direction to remove any accumulated bacteria or debris from the filter fibers.
Once the backwashing process is complete, dump out the remaining water in the barrel into a smaller bucket and use it to water a tree, plant, or flower.
Re-fill the barrel with source water.
STORING THE CONDOR FILTER
If the Condor must be stored and will not be in service for an extended period of time, the Condor requires simple and necessary storage preparations.
Once the filter fibers are wet, it is best to keep them submerged in a mild chlorine solution to prevent permanent damage. This controls growth of bacteria and ensures that the fibers do not dry out.
Carefully remove the filter element and place it in a sealed plastic bag or small container filled with a 0.2% chlorine solution. A 0.2% chlorine solution is equal to about a small cap full of chlorine in two liters of water. It is best to store them out of the sunlight, in a dry secure location.
Undertake a chemical clean and leave at least 1 liter of clean water inside the unit (or preferably leave the unit full of clean water with 5 to 10ppm chlorine) to maintain a wet environment.
Turn all valves off before placing the unit into storage. Do not store in conditions below freezing. After storage, undertake a chemical clean to restore the filter module back to normal operation condition.
CLeANSING PIPES & CONTAINERS
Use a chlorine solution to sanitize and eliminate any residual post contamination, which may spread disease in water pipes, barrels, drinking containers, hoses, taps, and other equipment. Use a 0.1% (1,000 ppm) chlorine solution (add approximately 1 teaspoon of chlorine powder to 5 liters of water) and flush through pipes or rinse drinking water containers.
It is also recommended to regularly flush a chlorinated solution through the Agua Munda filters together with drinking water hoses and pipes to eliminate any post contamination.
At start up, it is recommended the flow rate of the Agua Munda filter systems be measured and recorded. This will determine if the flow rate decreases in the future. On a regular basis, repeat this procedure. If the flow rate decreases, it may indicate more frequent cleaning of the filtration unit be undertaken. Over the course of the filtration unit's life, there will be a natural loss of flow due to aging of the filter fibers. There is a log page available to record findings.