The Value of Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration

A glass of GAC (Granular Activated Carbon) filtered water

So you’re curious about how the different steps in the filtration process work. Join the club! We love talking about this, as there are so many different processes involved in getting high quality, clean water to consumers all over South Africa. One of the steps in the process is Granular Activated Carbon (or GAC) Filtration, which typically occurs after sediment filtration has taken place. If you’re wondering about how it works, we’ve got the full scoop for you right here. 

Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration

GAC filters are designed to remove specific chemicals, more notably organic chemicals, from the water it is busy treating. This type of filter is well known for being able to remove strange smells from water, ranging from anything that could be mistaken for chlorine, all the way through to rotten eggs. Beyond this, these filters take on multiple different stages, in order to get as many organic compounds and pollutants removed from the water itself. Any reputable water filtration company will make sure that the carbon is regenerated after every batch, in order to avoid clogs in the system, and to prevent bacteria from creeping into the filtration process. 

Long Lasting Value

Over and above what it does in terms of drinking water filtration, activated carbon filtration has also shown long lasting value from its use in keeping home aquariums clean over time. It can do wonders for ensuring that water-based pets are well looked after in a consistent living environment. As with the water filtration process, the aquarium only stays clean as long as the carbon is able to absorb the surrounding impurities. Once it loses its charge, it will need to be replaced, in order for it to keep doing its job efficiently. 

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Can You Wash Or Reuse Carbon Filters?

A lot of people have wondered about the possibility of washing or reusing carbon filters. While this might seem like a cost-saving choice, the reality is that over time, it will still lose its effectiveness if you don’t replace it regularly. Carbon is tremendously durable, which means it will not break down quickly from repeated use or wash, but the way it gets rid of impurities will slowly start to deteriorate over time, even if you can’t physically see it for yourself. You may start to notice an unfriendly smell in your filtered water, which is a sign that you need to get a new filter urgently. Save yourself the trouble by always having a spare on hand. 

Leaving It To The Experts (And Learning More)

If you want to leave the water filtration process to the experts, you could also consider making Aquazania your #1 water cooler supplier. That way, you’ll know that you’re getting a well treated, safe and delicious glass of water with every sip. Between their bottled and bottleless range, there is something for everyone. Their team has gone so far as to create numerous articles about how they work and where to find the best products on the blog section of the website, and when in doubt, feel free to give them a call with any water related question you might have. 

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