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AquaSafe AS280 Fluoride Removal Filtration System

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This is a specialised fluoride reduction filtration system designed to remove over 90% of fluoride in your drinking water for a lot less than the cost of a reverse osmosis system

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AS280 10" System   +$380.00

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This is a specialised fluoride reduction filtration system designed to remove over 90% of fluoride in your drinking water for a lot less than the cost of a reverse osmosis system.

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  • What is the difference between an E type connection kit and a P type connection kit?

    The ‘E’ kit is for connection to a ½” stopcock / ½” under sink outlet or ¾” dishwasher connection.

    The ‘P’ kit is for connection to ½” copper pipe where there are no current outlets and generally needs to be done by a licensed plumber as the copper pipe has to be cut.

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  • How long does it take to install an AS280 system?

    It takes approximately 1.5 to 2.0 hours to install the AS280 system including flushing the cartridges ready for use.

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  • How do you switch between running water from the tap and from the spout?

    The diverter valve that connects to the tap switches between the tap and spout when required.

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  • I've got an A200 system already installed but would like to filter out fluoride too. Is it possible to convert the A200 to A280 by adding a 3rd fluoride filter?

    It is possible to convert the AS200 into an AS280 by adding an additional filter housing and cartridge. This is a simple process and one done by many of our customers in the past. The cost of this depending upon the filters you already have in the AS200 unit. If you have the AS001K9/10 filter then it is only a matter of adding a fluoride removal filter AS001A9/10 and a filter housing. Please contact Aqua Safe for the latest cost of doing this. 

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  • Hi, I,m interested in the AS280 but I don't want/need the tap that is part of the $380 price.What is the price of the AS280 system WITHOUT a tap?thanks

    Hi, to remove the tap that comes with the AS280 system will reduce the price by $69.00 from retail cost. The system price will then be $360.00.

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  • What is Chloramine and how do you remove it from drinking water?
    Chloramines Removal

    Chloramine is now becoming a common disinfectant for drinking water supplies replacing Chlorine in many capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This rollout will continue in the future with more and more towns and cities moving to this form of disinfectant. The main reason for this is the considerably reduced level of carcinogenic by-product trihalomethanes (THM’s) formed when using chloramines and it stays in the water much longer, a much higher residual.

    The most common form is Monochloramine with concentrations ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 mg/L. Typical residual in Australia is 0.5 mg/L with a maximum of 3 mg/L. It is less effective than chlorine and therefore needs a higher initial dose and longer contact time. Unlike chlorine, monochloramines do not add any taste or smell to the water.

    Types of Chloramine

    There are 3 forms of inorganic Chloramine; monochloramine, dichloramine and trichloramine. All of these can be formed when water containing or injected with ammonia is chlorinated. The pH and the ammonia/ chlorine ratio determine which kind of chloramines is formed. At a pH <3 mainly trichloramine is formed, at pH 4-7 mainly dichloramines is formed while at a neutral pH >7 or above monochloramine is the main form produced.


    The ammonia component of chloramines is also different depending upon the pH of the water. At pH levels >7 ammonium hydroxide is formed, <7, ammonium ion is formed. The ammonium ion is readily removed by cation resin (softener resin) or mixed bed resin however water hardness can substantially affect this. Ammonia is removed preferentially to sodium by cation resin but is displaced by calcium and magnesium (water hardness). Therefore a resin filter will remove ammonia initially but will then release the ammonia when it becomes exhausted with hardness. This could lead to an ammonia spike in the treated water.


    Due to the low molecular weight, chloramines and in particular monochloramines are difficult to remove from water by reverse osmosis (RO), distillation, water softeners or resin filters. Distillation or evaporation does not remove chloramines effectively as the chloramines are volatilized and carried over to the product water (distillate). Pre-treatment is required for RO systems to remove chloramines prior to reaching the membrane with specialised carbon filters.  

    Standard activated carbon (GAC), carbon block or enhanced carbon filters do not remove chloramines. The carbon in these types of filters, whether it be coal, coconut shell or wood based carbon does not absorb chloramines. It removes or reduces them to some degree through a reduction-reaction, its ability to act as a catalyst for the chemical decomposition or conversion of chloramines to chloride (salt) in water. This reaction converts the chloramines into chloride salt and ammonia. This reaction releases the ammonia allowing it to pass through RO membranes and other filters excluding resin. The ability of resin to remove it is dependent upon the pH and other contaminants in the water. The free ammonia can also come in contact with other contaminants in the water and form undesirable Nitrates and Nitrites.

     Granular activated carbon (GAC) filters can be used to remove/ convert chloramines however long contact times and low flow rates are required to achieve >95% removal. The cartridge rated capacity will also need to be reduced to 12-25% of the rated chlorine removal capacity for chloramines removal. This is dependent upon the cartridge manufacturer, type of GAC etc. Standard carbon block filters have very low removal/ conversion rates and are not recommended. These filters will not remove the ammonia from the water. For this reason we do not recommend the use of these carbon filters and suggest the use of chloramines reduction cartridges for cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane where chloramines are currently used.

    Potassium or sodium metabisulphite can also be used for chloramines removal.

    Chloramines Reduction Filters

    Specialised Chloramines reduction cartridges are manufactured specifically to remove chloramines and ammonia in one. They use a specially developed catalytic carbon to absorb and bond the chloramines. These cartridges need to be installed before or in place of any other carbon cartridges to be effective.

    The main manufactures of these filters are; Omnipure Chloramine Reduction, Pentek Chlor Plus, and Filtrex Chloraguard. These are all high quality US made cartridges with a proven track record and available specification sheets.


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  • Can Water Filters Remove Fluoride?

    Fluoride is injected into drinking water supplies at various locations around Australia in the form of sodium silicofluoride and sodium hexafluorosilicic.  As per drinking water standards this is put into the water at up to 1.5 ppm (parts per million) although the average is 1.0 ppm with possible short (a few minutes or hours) spikes over this due to equipment malfunction or human error.  These short term spikes will have little effect on the capacity of fluoride removal filters.

    Standard carbon filters of any type are unable to remove fluoride without the addition of special media and even when this media added, they will only remove up to 40%.  To remove higher percentages requires reverse osmosis, distillation, resin, alumina or bone char. 

    Reverse osmosis (ie. Aqua Safe ASRO4) removes approximately 96% and requires resin post cartridges to achieve >99.99% reduction.  Distillation removes a higher than 96% but is a batch process and is not considered user friendly and therefore not very popular anymore.

    Alumina based systems (ie. Aqua Safe AS280) remove approximately 93% of fluoride but are not suitable for use in bench top systems or incorrectly designed under bench systems as very small trace amounts can under some circumstances leach into the water requiring removal with an additional specialised filter

    Bone Char made from animal bones has been used for industrial water treatment for many years although the vast majority is not approved for drinking water treatment.  Drinking water certified NSF61 granular bone char is available however, contact time with the media is very important for removal making cartridge design critical for performance. Removal rates tend to vary considerably and multiple (4 cartridges/stages) filters will be required to remove approximately 95%.

    Reverse Osmosis is the recommended system for fluoride reduction/removal followed by correctly designed alumina and bone char systems.  For reduction levels above 99%, we suggest specialised resin deioniser cartridges installed after a reverse osmosis or alumina system.  This type of system may then also include a pH balancing and re-mineraliser cartridge to increase the water pH and add minerals back resulting in a 6 stage water filtration system.

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  • Could you please advise the bench hole size required for the tap displayed on this drinking water system?

    The tap hole size is the same for all systems. A 10-12mm hole is required.

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  • What is Fluoride?

    The majority of fluoride is either a by-product of aluminium production or artificially produced. It is sold to government and councils around the world saving companies millions of dollar in disposal costs. This chemical is injected into town water supplies to reduce the incidence of tooth decay in children. Many studies have been undertaken over the last 50 years to prove or disprove the effectiveness of the product in preventing tooth decay. From the evidence available there appears to be as many studies concluding the benefits of its use as there are those concluding the dangers and ineffectiveness of the product.

    The fluoride used in town water is either a by-product or artificial and man made as opposed to natural fluoride found in rocks and soil. Artificial fluoride is a different product altogether. It is an extremely corrosive dangerous chemical. While many dentist support its use there is an ever growing group of those who don’t.

    Fluoride is currently included in just about all available toothpastes. Many countries and towns that have been putting fluoride into their water supplies for many years are now discontinuing this.

    The Nazis under Hitler used fluoridation during WWII to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination, control and loss of liberty. The Russians have also used fluoride/fluoridation in the past for the same reason.

    There are maximum levels set for the dosing of fluoride into town water supplies, however the chemical has a different weight and density to that of water and can therefore accumulate in water mains overnight or during the day. Water then used from these mains can have higher levels of fluoride.

    High levels of fluoride can cause fluoridosis or tooth decay. Fluoride and Fluoridation has also been said to cause cancer based on studies carried out in America in 1980.

    Consumers need to make up their own mind as to whether they want to leave it in their drinking water or remove it although it is a difficult chemical to remove and requires specialised filters or reverse osmosis systems.

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  • I live in rental house, so looking for a filter that I would be able to remove and take with me. Would it possible with AS280 Fluoride Removal Filtration System?

    The AS280 system needs a separate tap on the sink to dispense the water or a 3-In-1 flick mixer would be required instead of the existing sink flick mixer, or it could be installed under the sink with a valve on the outlet, however you would only be able to fill up jugs from under the sink. While the flick mixer could be swapped out on a temporary basis and an AS280 installed most clients either use a bench top filter or a QC350 system or an ASBTRO4. However only the AS280 and the RO system will reduce or remove fluoride.

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  • How often do you need to change filters?

    All water generally get changed every 12 months or less.

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  • Does installation include the drilling the necessary hole to accommodate the tap for an under bench system ?

    Installation is complete, including drilling a whole in the bench top or stainless steel sink. Additional charges apply for stone, granite or marble bench tops. Please contact Aqua Safe for pricing if this applies.

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  • How much space do you need under the sink for a triple filter system? The filter system dimensions are listed as 400 mm wide x 125 mm deep x 340 mm high. Do you need extra space to enable changing the filters easily? How easy is it to change the fi

    The system dimensions are the actual physical size of the units. Extra room needs to be allowed on either side of the filter at the top to connect the inlet and outlet tubes. This needs to be 70-80mm unless John Guest stem elbows are used in which case an extra 10mm needs to be allowed. 

    Extra space of 30-50mm needs to allowed under the base of the filters for servicing and changing of the filter cartridges.

    Changing the filters is quite simple, just a matter of turning off the inlet valve, releasing the pressure by opening the filtered water tap, anscrewing the filter housings, removing the old cartridges, clean the housings, insert new cartridges, screw housing back together and open the inlet valve and flush the cartridges ready for use. 

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  • Can you install alkalizer to raise pH with AquaSafe AS280 Fluoride Removal Filtration System?how much extra?

    A remineraliser, Alkaliser or Pi filter can be installed after an AS280 system, the cost will depend upon which one you choose but they start at an additional cost of $69.00.

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Buy with Confidence

* Contact Aqua Safe on 1300 661 735 for details on applicable NSF/ ANSI Standard 42, 51, 53, 58 or 61 products and particulars of manufacturer.

Free Delivery

Aqua Safe is proud to provide free delivery to anywhere in Australia for orders over $55.00. Deliveries are sent either by Australia Post or by Courier depending on where you live. All online orders are fast tracked through our warehouse for quick dispatch.

10 Year Warranty

Aqua Safe International warrants all residential water filtration systems to the original purchaser for a period of ten (10) years starting from the date of purchase provided the warranty is registered with Aqua Safe customer care.

This warranty covers defects in materials, components and workmanship and includes pressure limiting valves, connection fittings and isolation valves. Excluded are filter cartridges, inline filters, membranes, UV lamps, quartz lens and UV ballast.

Commercial water filtration systems are covered for a period of five (5) years to the original purchaser starting from the date of purchase provided the warranty is registered with Aqua Safe customer care.

This is a long standing warranty policy first implemented by the company in January 2005. Prior to this date all systems were covered by a 3 year warranty.

30 day "No Questions Asked" Satisfaction Guarantee

We offer a 30 day Unique "No Questions Asked" Satisfaction Guarantee on all new standard* residential water filtration systems.

If at any time during the first 30 days (starting from the date you receive the item) you are not 100% satisfied with the quality or performance of your filtration system, simply re-package the unit and send it back to us in "good condition" (used or unused) with a copy of the tax invoice and we will issue a full refund for the purchase price (excluding any installation costs if installed by Aqua Safe).

This allows our customers to purchase virtually risk free 24/7. Non-stock items or special order items are also excluded along with low cost ASBTRO4 units.

* Standard systems only. System with added options are excluded.

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