Side By Side: The Best Types of Water Filtration Systems

When it comes to water filtration systems and processes, there are many options to explore. If you’ve recently started to get more interested in the different ways that you can clean and filter your drinking water at home, this article will give you a bit more insight into the various systems to look at. Better yet, by learning more about these, you’ll be guaranteeing a safe and clean glass of water for you and your family every time. It’s worth knowing too that Aquazania uses all of these filtration systems in their 9 step process to ensure that their customers get the purest possible water solution on the market. Armed with this expert seal of approval, you’re now ready to get more curious about the best ways to filter your drinking water. 

Sediment Filtration

This type of filtration is one of the most popular and widely used water filtration systems in the world. It is used in home, business and industrial water treatment, and involves removing sediment like sand, rust, silt and more. Traditionally, this type of filter is made from pleated polyester and has a micron rating of anywhere between 1 and 100 microns. Because of the size of the pores of the filter, it cleans thoroughly, but also offers a slower water flow rate. Often, this type of filter is considered a “pre-filter” to a primary filter in the home, as is indicated by it being used in the first step of Aquazania’s filtration process too. 

Reverse Osmosis Filtration

With reverse osmosis filtration, a semipermeable membrane (also known as the RO membrane) is used to divide contaminants from the water itself. The process is able to remove up to 99% of unhealthy elements in drinking water, but is not able to remove organic compounds like solvents and pesticides. This type of filtration is a commonly used method by many water bars, but as it is an intensive filtration, it can be a more expensive process. The filtration rate is pretty slow, and can produce a big amount of brine. This process is highly effective, but clearly has some drawbacks too outside of commercial use.


Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration

This type of filtration is a seven stage process, one of which includes regenerating the carbon with every batch in order to avoid clogging and bacteria build-up in the process. The GAC offers loose carbon granules slightly bigger than carbon powder, which can be useful for a higher water filtration rate, but also prone to weaker absorption of contaminants. This type of filtration process can be useful for removing the chlorine taste and odour from water, as well as getting rid of other chemicals and contaminants usually found in drinking water. The good water filtration rate makes it popular for commercial and industrial use. 


Ultrafiltration (or UF) involves using a technology that utilises hydrostatic pressure in the process of removing contaminants from water. The force pushes the water through a semipermeable membrane, which in turn gets rid of most of the contaminants in the water. This type of filtration is intensive, and can even help with removing parasites, viruses and bacteria, all the while keeping essential minerals in check. It is regularly used in recycling waste water. This type of filtration process is usually done in conjunction with other filtration technologies (like the three others mentioned earlier) in order to make up for any drawbacks, or as a double checking process, in case any contaminants slip through the cracks. 

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