Article | October 31, 2019

What Is Activated Carbon?

Source: Newterra, Ltd.

Activated carbon is used to purify liquids and gases in a variety of applications, including municipal drinking water, food and beverage processing, odor removal, industrial pollution control, and point-of-use filters in the home. Public awareness and the concern about safe drinking water have driven consumers to install point-of-use carbon systems in their homes, further purifying the water that they drink. Many of these home water filters use activated carbon to reliably remove dissolved impurities and disinfection byproducts that can make water taste bad. But what is activated carbon and how does it work?