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Backwash – Backwashing is a form of preventive maintenance so that the filter media can be reused. As the name suggests, backwashing involves reversing the flow of water through your filter media, be it AFM, sand, glass pearls or diatomaceous earth (DE). This dislodges dirt and debris that may have become trapped, and flushes it out through your multiport valve to waste.

Eco – An ecosystem (or ecological system) is a large community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in a particular area. … Ecosystems are of any size, but usually they are in particular places. Each ecosystem has its own community.

Sustainability – Sustainable water management is the ability to meet the water needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. … Water sustainability also means effective and holistic management of water resources.

Tank – Also called a Settling, Clarifier or Decanting area, component of a modern system of water supply or wasted water treatment. A sedimentation tank allows suspended particles to settle out of water or wasted water as it flows slowly through the tank, thereby providing some degree of purification.

Clear – transparent, translucent, means capable of being seen through. clear implies absence of cloudiness, haziness, or muddiness. Clear water transparent implies being so clear that objects can be seen distinctly.

System – a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized framework or method.

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The U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, while our thirst for clean water has tripled. With at least 40 states anticipating water shortages by 2024, as the EPA strives to integrate water management practices, the need to conserve water is critical.

A study was prepared In 2010, for the California Urban Water Conservation Council that looked at the number of ways that water is lost from pools, including evaporation, leaks, splash-out and equipment operation. It referred to filter backwashing as;

“one of the largest single uses of water by pools.”

Each year, billions of gallons of water are backwashed out of sand filtered swimming pools and seeps into sensitive farmland groundwater aquifers, waterways and oceans. Dumping all that fresh and treated water on the ground is disappointing, a waste and has a detrimental effect on the environment.

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The BeST Clear System is a revolutionary and proprietary water reuse system for residential swimming pools that will do four things:

  1. The BeST Clear System meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s  BMPs (Best Management Practices) by Recycling cleared backwash water through a method already used for water sustainability in South Africa and Australia, where it has earned the Smart Approved watermark.
  2. The BeST Clear System saves (per pool) thousands of gallons of water cleaning media filters per year, by preventing backwash wasted water from heading down the street to storm drains, which leads to the rivers, lakes, and eventually the ocean.
  3. The BeST Clear System will protect our sensitive groundwater aquifers, waterways and oceans from intrusion of chemicals like the toxic algaecide – copper sulfate, or salt, chlorine, acids and metals from a typical pool media filter backwash cleaning cycle.
  4. The BeST Clear System works with any existing media filter, Fluidra, Pentair, Hayward, or  Waterway etc.

The basic idea is to backflush the sand filter as usual to get all the debris out of the sand,capture the turbid water, but then decant for cleared water separating and settling the debris and return cleared-clean water through the filter to the pool. The best part? The BeST Clear System can do this automatically, by selecting a capable remote control system – the weekly filter cleaning can be automatic!


To put it in the simplest of terms, The BeST Clear System actually works on the same ancient principle of decanting wine. Wine would be poured into a glass decanter or barrel, then the sediments would settle to the bottom. The BeST Clear System applies the same concept, but with water instead of wine! 

Once a week or two manually or digitally, a controlled actuator rotates the backwash valve, adjusts the pump speed and the pool water starts reversing out of the filter. The dirt laden turbid water fills The BeST Clear System flushed from the filter. The water is then held in the Best Clear System for 7 to 14 days or until the next cleaning cycle is needed but a min of 24 hours. This allows the sediments and particles to settle to the bottom of the tank. The water in the upper 85% of the tank clears and is recirculated back through the filter (recommended usage  of AFM media) where it’s fine cleaned then returned to the pool. With automation you can control the system to clear and clean automatically, or it can be operated manually for the budget minded. The simplified cleaning of filtration results in a consistently crystal clear, healthy, sparkling pool. 


Why We Should Care About Saving Water

A study was prepared in 2010 for the California Urban Water Conservation Council that looked at the number of ways that water is lost from pools, including evaporation, leaks, splash-out and equipment operation.

 It referred to filter backwashing as;

“one of the largest single uses of water by pools.”

Water Recycling: The process of treating wasted water to produce water for beneficial use, the storage and distribution of recycled water to the location of the point of use, or the actual use of recycled water.

Here are a few important facts about water on this planet

97% percent of all water on the earth is salt water, which is not suitable for drinking, And only 3% of water on Earth is freshwater, that only 0.5% is available for drinking.

The other 2.5% of freshwater is locked in ice caps, glaciers, the atmosphere, soil, or under the earth’s surface, or is too polluted for consumption.


There are billions and billions of gallons of water that is backwashed out of sand filtered swimming pools and into sensitive farmland groundwater aquifers, waterways and oceans each year. Unfortunately, that discharged water is contaminated with chemicals, salt, and metals, all of which are toxic to both plants and animals.. This combined with an ever-growing population and the demand for clean water increasing, the need to protect and conserve water is critical.

 The flushout process when using a sand filter can discharge up to 200 gallons of water per cleaning.  The crazy thing is that those 200 gallons of water are 99% clear with only a small amount of dirt in suspended turbidity. Then an additional 200 gallons of fresh water has to be added to top up the pool.  That’s a colossal and tragic amount of waste.

That water originated from our already limited fresh water supply. It was then treated at a water plant, and treated again with costly chemicals once it’s been placed into a pool. Many people  may have even used a fossil fuel heater or electricity  to pump it through a solar system, heating it to a higher temperature during the colder months. But within a couple of minutes, applying  a backwash process, that precious water is washed down the drain.  

Let’s examine the scope of this problem. In the Western U.S. alone, there are more than 1 million pools with sand filters. Take just the previously mentioned 200 gallons of water wasted and multiply it by 25 backwashes per year; that adds up to FIVE BILLION gallons of wasted 

water, every year. That’s enough water for 100 million people to take a bath!…..Wait you have to top up the pool, add another FIVE BILLION gallons!

Cartridge filters degrade over time, meaning they lose their effectiveness and will eventually have to be replaced, which is both good and bad. While replacing the filter gets rid of biofilm that could live in the filter, it means the cartridges get dumped in the landfills. Taking up to 200 years to deteriorate and degrade, nearly 1 million pool filter cartridges wind up in landfills per year in California alone, and they’re full of chemicals, biofilm, salts and copper-laden toxic solids. 

There are a number of important environmental, ecological and economic advantages of the BeST Clear System. The recommended filtration media to use in The BeST Clear System process is Activated Filter Media, or AFM made by Dryden Aqua.  AFM has been proven effective in more than 500,000 pools around the world, and is a  highly engineered product made from a specific type of glass to achieve optimum particle size and shape. 

One of the main differences between AFM and other filter media is that it provides bio-resistance. After six to 12 months, biofilm in a sand filter has gathered to a point where the grains stick together, leading to the formation of clumps which causes channeling of the filter bed. That will reduce filtration performance and allow unfiltered and biofouled water to reach your friends and family using the pool, that’s not healthy.

Using an Activated Filter Media has been scientifically engineered with a self-sterilizing surface, it impedes biofouling which prevents the channeling common in sand filters. The AFM’s patented activation process increases the surface area of the media, resulting in superior absorption rates, down to one micon. A BeST Clear System with AFM has the ability to remove 50% more organic substances from the water than sand or other glass filter media. Additionally, with AFM, there is no biological conversion from urea to ammonia inside your filter.  No biofilm…no trichloramine…no chlorine smell!  

AFM’s superior filtration properties means up to 50% less backwash water than a sand filter and about 20% shorter backwash times. The BeST Clear System with AFM filtration is clearly the best way to keep a swimming pool sparkling clean and help preserve our precious water supply.

Our mission is to provide a solution that has a positive environmental impact on our ecosystem, and to make this world a better place: