What exactly is Activated Carbon? Activated carbon is created from environmental wastes that have high carbon contents. Some examples of these are wood, coconut husks, olive pits and peat, to name but a few. It is ideal for use in water treatment thanks to its absorption capabilities.
How Activated Carbon Can Improve Your Drinking Water
Activated Carbon comes in many forms. One of the most commonly used forms of Activated Carbon in water treatment is Granular Activated Carbon (GAC). It has high absorption capabilities for contaminants in your water. It is an extremely effective solution for domestic, commercial and industrial water treatment.
It is essential that the average water usage, any contaminants and amount of same, is known before a Carbon Filter is installed. This is to ensure that the adequate size and type of filter is applied.
Competent installation and recurring maintenance
Any water treatment system requires competent installation and recurring maintenance. GAC will eventually lose its absorption abilities, due to saturation of the absorbed contaminants. It is typical to have your GAC replaced anywhere between every 3 and 12 months, dependant on the levels of contamination in your water supply and volume of water that is being used.
It is possible that some filters can last for many years if the supply has a low level of contamination and or a low level of water usage. Naturally, the higher these factors are, the more frequent replacements will be required.
Activated Carbon has the ability to target and absorb undesirable odours in your water supply. It is widely used to target smells like sulphur (rotten egg smell), leaving you with odour free drinking water.
Activated Carbon is commonly used to rid the water supply of unwanted chemicals, particularly organic chemicals.
Chlorine is another popular target for GAC. It can leave a nasty medicinal taste in drinking water. Chlorination of drinking water also facilitates the formation of Disinfectant By-Products (DBP’s). These can be of health concern, depending on the levels present in the supply. A GAC filter will eliminate the chlorine presence, leaving you with delicious drinking water.