PFOA & PFOS

FILTRASORB granular activated carbon can remove typical levels of PFOA and PFOS to non-detect levels.

Calgon Carbon has offered the proven treatment solution for PFAS removal in both drinking water and remediation applications for over 15 years with our FILTRASORB granular activated carbon (GAC) and Equipment product lines. Calgon Carbon provides a complete solution including activated carbon, equipment, on-site installation and exchange services, reactivation, and financing.

CCC offers a full range of GAC adsorption equipment—a simple and effective solution that requires little operator involvement. Testing is important for system design and cost performance information.

Communities already using GAC for to remove T&O or other contaminants from drinking water sources have been protected from PFAS.

We have a focused PFAS Team in place and are ready to respond immediately with technical services, equipment and carbon supply.

CCC FILTRASORB can remove typical levels of PFOA and PFOS to non-detect levels. Our studies show that reagglomerated, coal-based GAC performs significantly better than coconut for PFOA and PFOS removal. Even if local regulations require lower PFC concentrations than the EPA health advisory, GAC is an effective solution.

CCC has offered the preferred and total treatment solution for PFAS removal in both drinking water and remediation applications for over 15 years with our FILTRASORB and Liquid Phase Carbon Adsorption Equipment line of products. We have over 45 large scale installations and 1000’s of POET systems specifically designed for PFAS removal.


Not all GAC is the same and performance will differ based on starting material and manufacturing process. Multiple studies conducted by both CCC and independent laboratories show reagglomerated bituminous coal based GAC to provide the best and most cost effective performance characteristics resulting in lower the total treatment cost by 2-3X.


  • Studies show that reagglomerated, coal-based GAC performs better than coconut, enhanced coconut, and lignite for PFOA and PFOS removal.

  • Reagglomerated, coal-based GAC can be reactivated for lower overall lifetime treatment costs.


It is important to develop a robust specification for both GAC and equipment. The risks of not using a properly developed specification include significant increase in operating cost, potential inability to remove target compounds, failure to remove shorter chain compounds, an inability to reactivate, and equipment failure.


Reagglomerated bituminous coal based GAC can remove typical levels of PFOA and PFOS to non-detect levels.


  • Even if local regulations require lower PFC concentrations than the EPA health advisory, GAC is an effective solution.

  • Testing is important for system design and cost performance information/


GAC effectively removes PFOA and PFOS without generating a concentrated waste stream, and spent activated carbon that contains PFCs can be reactivated, destroying the compounds and eliminating the liability associated with other disposal options.


What are PFOA/PFOS?

Link: CCC – “What You’re Missing Can Hurt You – Using the Right Activated Carbon matters”

Link: GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON REMOVES PFOA FROM DRINKING WATER Upstate New York Case Study

Link: Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOA and PFOS