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Activated Carbon Systems and Filters

Activated Carbon Systems - Carbon Filter and Carbon Media

Activated carbon is a widely used filtration media that is use for a variety of reasons . When used for the filtration of water activated carbon is useful for :

  • Taste Improvement
  • Chlorine Removal 
  • Oil Removal
  • Gasses Removal
  • Smell Improvements
  • Organic Contamination Removal 

 Activated Carbon Works by sticking contaminants to the surface of the carbon media in a process called adsorption.  


The adhesion in an extremely thin layer of molecules (as of gases, solutes, or liquids) to the surfaces of solid bodies or liquids with which they are in contact 

A good analogy to describe the difference betweeb Absorpsion and Adsorpsion is to think that is you eat a pie, you have absorbed it. If you have a pie thrown in your face you have adsoped it. 

Regeneration of the carbon media is achieved by rinsing the contamination off of the surface as in an Automatic Back Washing Carbon Systems. Cartridge filters are also used to remove these contaminants but are not reusable or back washable.  

Carbon is very effective at improving taste, removing chlorine and many other contaminants. A drawback to Activated Carbon is that its high surface area and the Carbon itself promote bacterial growth. Pseudomonas Bacteria has been found to grow in many carbon filters and activated carbon systems. 

Activated carbon for drinking water systems should always be followed by : ultraviolet sterilization systems.

For more information about Pseudomonas Bacteria read :
Pseudomonas In Purified Water, Spas and Drinking Water Systems

Special care has to be taken to control the growth of bacteria in carbon filters and systems especially when used in medical applications, pharmaceutical applications and drinking water systems with consumers having compromised immune systems and the elderly. 

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