Drinking Water

Calgon Carbon's cost-effective technologies ensure tens of millions of people drink clean, safe water every day.

Proven Solutions for Safe, Pure Drinking Water

The very quality of our life depends on a reliable supply of clean drinking water. At Calgon Carbon, we are deeply involved in meeting this challenge. Offering a wide variety of options for purification, performance, and regulatory compliance, we are leading the way in helping communities address drinking water concerns. To learn more about solutions for clean drinking water, click here.

Main Product

For Municipalities - Activated Carbon

Granular activated carbon (GAC) is a very reliable solution for a variety of water treatment challenges, and more water providers are adopting it every year. Use of GAC provides water utilities with an efficient and cost-effective means to prevent the formation of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) while also removing other organic contaminants found in both surface water and groundwater.

GAC also removes compounds that cause unpleasant taste and odors in drinking water. It provides an effective barrier against many of the endocrine disrupting compounds as well as pharmaceutical and personal care products now found in our water supplies. Most importantly, GAC accomplishes all of these tasks simultaneously, providing water utilities with a single process to solve multiple problems.

As a leader in the activated carbon industry, Calgon Carbon offers a host of GAC products, systems and services:

  • Granular activated carbon for treatment of taste and odor, disinfection byproducts, emerging contaminants, and other dissolved organics in municipal drinking water.
    • FILTRASORB® granular activated carbon - the industry standard for drinking water treatment.
    • PEROXCARB® granular activated carbon for hydrogen peroxide quenching in conjunction with UV-AOP systems.
    • CENTAUR® granular activated carbon for targeted removal of iron and hydrogen sulfide from water.
    • NSF-certified, CMR brand custom potable reactivation services for environmentally responsible and economical use of granular activated carbon.
  • Superior quality powdered activated carbons (PAC) for taste and odor removal.
  • Standardized, pre-engineered, "M-Series" adsorption equipment systems for potable water treatment.

To learn more about custom reactivation of activated carbon for drinking water treatment, click here.

Municipal Seminar Materials

Ultraviolet Water Treatment Technologies

Treating water with UV irradiation is highly effective because it attacks harmful organisms at the genetic level. By passing contaminated water over ultraviolet lamps with germicidal properties, the UV energy disrupts the DNA in viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, making them unable to reproduce and rendering them harmless. UV is especially helpful to treat chlorine-resistant organisms like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. UV systems coupled with advanced oxidation can also effectively treat taste and odor compounds present in drinking water.

Calgon Carbon's UV systems include:

  • SENTINEL® UV disinfection systems for the treatment of Cryptosporidium, Giardia and other harmful pathogens.
  • SENTINEL® UV-AOP systems for combined disinfection and taste and odor removal.
    • PEROXCARB® granular activated carbon for hydrogen peroxide quenching in conjunction with UV-AOP systems.

For more information, click here.

Ion Exchange Technology

Ion exchange technology is a cost effective process to treat municipal water contaminated by inorganic compounds. These compounds include but are not limited to:

  • Nitrate
  • Perchlorate
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr VI)
  • Color

Strict regulatory requirements are already in place for nitrate across the United States, while perchlorate is regulated in several US states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intends to regulate perchlorate and hexavalent chromium.

Calgon Carbon’s Fixed Bed and Continuous ISEP® technology systems are ideally suited to remove all of these compounds, allowing water utilities to comply with both today’s regulations, and tomorrow’s.

For more information, click here.

Resources and Literature

Innovation is the cornerstone of Calgon Carbon. We were the first to create activated carbon from bituminous coal. We pioneered the use of UV irradiation. And we are at the forefront of ion exchange systems. Our advanced technologies address drinking water concerns helping ensure that tens of millions of people drink clean, safe water every day.

Further information can be found in the following resources:

Customer Case Studies
Celina, OH
Palmdale, CA
Glendale, CA
Guilderland, NY
Frostburg, MD
City of Chino, CA

Product literature can be found by clicking here.

Point of Use Filtration

A point of use (POU) filter is the last line of defense for removing harmful contaminants from drinking water.  By using a carbon containing point-of-use filter, you will not only be drinking safer and better tasting water, but you will save money and help to preserve the environment compared to drinking bottled water.  Calgon Carbon’s activated carbons for POU purification provide customers with the following advantages:

·         Consistent, High Quality Products:  Our manufacturing processes have been engineered to deliver consistent, quality product enabling you to have confidence in the performance of your filter.  

·         Coal-Based Activated Carbon:  Calgon Carbon is one of the only producers of coal-based carbons for POU drinking water filters.  These products provide have innately better material handling properties allowing you to run faster and more efficiently and the associated adsorption benefits of a reagglomerated coal product.

·         NSF-42/Prop 65 Certification:  Our POU carbons have been certified to meet the rigorous and comprehensive NSF-42/Prop-65 Standards demonstrating the quality, reliability and performance of our products.

Calgon Carbon is proud to offer a variety of high quality, cost effective solutions for POU filter applications.  Further information on these activated carbon solutions can be found as follows:

For Taste and Odor:

3042 (Coconut, 40x80)

3055 (Coconut, 80x325)

3061 (Coconut, 325XF)

3066 (Coconut, 30x60)

3155 (Coconut, 325XF)

GW AW (Coal, Powder)

OLC WW (Coconut, 8x16, 12x30, 20x50, 40x80)

TOG NDS (Coal, 12x40, 20x50, 50x200, 80x325)

For Trace Removal & Taste and Odor:

3160 (Coconut, 80x325, 325XF)

For Chloramine Removal:

Centaur NDS (Catalytic, 12x40, 20x50, 80x325l)

For Color Removal:

CPG (Coal, 12x40, 20x50, 325 XF, Powder)

 For Bacterial Resistance and Taste & Odor:

1184 (Silver Nitrate Impregnated, 12x30, 20x30)

CE (Silver Nitrate Impregnated, 12x30, 20x50, 325XF)