Active Carbon Water Filter Systems

Carbon Filter Systems
Activated carbon filter and block carbon water filter systems are used to remove specific contaminants from water to give it a better taste.

A carbon water filter system is not as aggressive at removing contaminants as reverse osmosis, but some systems such as the point of use Aqua-Pure AP-DWS100 drinking water system can reduce lead, cysts, and VOCs. If you have water quality issues, primarily with chlorine taste and odor, we recommend a carbon water filtration system to reduce the contaminants that are the cause of CTO. More specific and serious water quality issues are best treated with reverse osmosis. Read More
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System White
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System White

      Part Number: QMP605-KIT
      • Reduces bacteria, cysts and lead
      • Reduces chlorine taste and odor
      • Flow Rate: 0.75 gpm
      • Installs in as little as 5 minutes
      • Filter and UV lamp included
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System Clear
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System Clear

      Part Number: QMP605CL-KIT
      • Reduces bacteria, cysts and lead
      • Reduces chlorine taste and odor
      • Flow Rate: 0.75 gpm
      • Installs in as little as 5 minutes
      • Filter and UV lamp included
    • Polar Water Countertop Double Water Filtration System Stainless/White
    • Polar Water Countertop Double Water Filtration System Stainless/White

      Part Number: QMP603S-W-KIT
      • Reduces sediment, chlorine taste and odor
      • Stainless steel housings with white accents
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
      • Filters included
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System Chrome
    • Polar Water Filters Countertop UV Water Filtration System Chrome

      Part Number: QMP605CH-KIT
      • Reduces bacteria, cysts and lead
      • Reduces chlorine taste and odor
      • Flow Rate: 0.75 gpm
      • Installs in as little as 5 minutes
      • Filter and UV lamp included
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-2 CTO Drinking Water System
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-2 CTO Drinking Water System

      Part Number: 05-460010
      • A low cost alternative to reverse osmosis
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Filter Capacity: 2500 gallons
      • 10 year warranty
      • Easy to install
      • NSF certified
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-2 Lead Plus Drinking Water System
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-2 Lead Plus Drinking Water System

      Part Number: 05-460013
      • A low cost alternative to reverse osmosis
      • Filters sediment down to 0.5 microns
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Reduces lead and cysts
      • Filter capacity: 500 gallons
      • 10 year manufacturer's warranty
      • NSF certified
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-350 DWS Drinking Water System
    • 3M Water Factory Systems FaucetMATE FM-350 DWS Drinking Water System

      Part Number: 05-460014
      • A low cost alternative to reverse osmosis
      • Filters sediment down to 0.5 microns
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Reduces cysts, lead, THMs, VOCs and MTBE
      • Filter capacity: 350 gallons
      • 10 year manufacturer's warranty
      • NSF certified
    • Culligan IC-EZ-1 EZ-Change Ice Maker and Refrigerator Filter 01019034
    • Culligan IC-EZ-1 EZ-Change Ice Maker and Refrigerator Filter 01019034

      Part Number: IC-EZ-1
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change the Culligan RC-EZ-1 filter once a year
      • For a more robust system that removes more, buy the Culligan IC-EZ-3 or Culligan IC-EZ-4
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan IC-EZ-1 is compatible with the following replacement filters: Culligan RC-EZ-1, as well as Culligan RC-EZ-3 Culligan RC-EZ-4 for better filtering
    • Culligan US-EZ-1 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019052
    • Culligan US-EZ-1 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019052

      Part Number: US-EZ-1
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change the Culligan RC-EZ-1 filter once a year
      • For a more robust system that removes more, buy the Culligan US-EZ-3 or Culligan US-EZ-4
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan US-EZ-1 is compatible with the following replacement filters: Culligan RC-EZ-1, as well as Culligan RC-EZ-3 & Culligan RC-EZ-4 for better filtering
    • Culligan US-EZ-3 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019053
    • Culligan US-EZ-3 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019053

      Part Number: US-EZ-3
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change the Culligan RC-EZ-3 filter every 6 months
      • For a more robust system that removes more purchase the Culligan US-EZ-4
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan US-EZ-3 is compatible with the following replacement filters: Culligan RC-EZ-3, as well as Culligan RC-EZ-4 for better filtering
    • Culligan US-EZ-4 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019054
    • Culligan US-EZ-4 EZ-Change Under Sink Drinking Water System 01019054

      Part Number: US-EZ-4
      • The highest filtration level of the Culligan under sink water filters
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and Standard 53
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change Culligan RC-EZ-4 filter every 6 months
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan US-EZ-4 is compatible with the following replacement filters: Culligan RC-EZ-4
    • Culligan IC-EZ-3 EZ-Change Ice Maker Refrigerator Filter 01019035
    • Culligan IC-EZ-3 EZ-Change Ice Maker Refrigerator Filter 01019035

      Part Number: IC-EZ-3
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change the Culligan RC-EZ-3 filter every 6 months
      • For a more robust icemaker filter, purchase the Culligan IC-EZ-4
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan IC-EZ-3 is compatible with the following replacement filters:  RC-EZ-3 as well as RC-EZ-4 for a better filtration level
    • Culligan IC-EZ-4 EZ-Change Ice Maker and Refrigerator Filter 01019036
    • Culligan IC-EZ-4 EZ-Change Ice Maker and Refrigerator Filter 01019036

      Part Number: IC-EZ-4
      • Tested and certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42
      • Sanitary twist-on and twist-off filter
      • Change the Culligan RC-EZ-4 filter every 6 months
      • 2-year limited warranty on housing only
      • The Culligan IC-EZ-4 is compatible with the Culligan RC-EZ-4 replacement filter
    • Polar Water Countertop Double Water Filtration System Chrome
    • Polar Water Countertop Double Water Filtration System Chrome

      Part Number: QMP603C-B-KIT
      • Reduces sediment, chlorine taste and odor
      • Chrome housings with black accents
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
      • Filters included
    • GE GXRLQ Inline Water Filtration System
    • GE GXRLQ Inline Water Filtration System

      Part Number: GXRLQ
      • Filter Capacity: 750 gallons or 6 months
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
      • Reduces 99.99% of cysts
      • Reduces 99.3% of lead
      • Also reduces, asbestos, lindane, atrazine, mercury, chlorine, taste and odor
      • Tested and Certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
    • Culligan 158474 FM-15A Faucet Filter Level 3 Cyst Lead
    • Culligan 158474 FM-15A Faucet Filter Level 3 Cyst Lead

      Part Number: 158474
      • Reduces >99.9% of cysts
      • Reduces >99% of lead
      • Reduces sediment, chlorine, taste and odor
      • Attaches easily to the faucet with no tools required
      • Flow Rate: 0.6 gpm
      • Filter Capacity: 200 gallons or 2 months
      • Tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
      • Includes white filter mount unit, 1 carbon block filter and faucet adapters
    • Neo-Pure K-NPHWD Quick Change Hot Water Dispenser Filter System
    • Neo-Pure K-NPHWD Quick Change Hot Water Dispenser Filter System

      Part Number: K-NPHWD
      • Reduces cysts, lead and scale
      • Reduces sediment, chlorine taste and odor
      • Filter Media: coconut shell carbon block
      • Micron Rating: 1 micron
      • Filter Life: 1250 gallons or 1 year
      • For use with hot water dispenser systems
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ1 Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ1 Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System

      Part Number: K-NPQ1
      • For use with water coolers providing cold/room temperature water
      • Reduces cysts and lead
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Micron Rating: 1 micron
      • Filter Life: 1250 gallons
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ1-S Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System With Scale Inhibitor
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ1-S Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System With Scale Inhibitor

      Part Number: K-NPQ1-S
      • For use with water coolers providing hot/cold water
      • Reduces cysts, lead and scale
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Micron Rating: 1 micron
      • Filter Life: 1250 gallons
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ2 2 Stage Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System
    • Neo-Pure K-NPQ2 2 Stage Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System

      Part Number: K-NPQ2
      • For use with water coolers providing cold/room temperature water
      • Reduces cysts and lead
      • Reduces sediment, chlorine, taste and odor
      • Micron Rating: 1 micron
      • Filter Life: 1250 gallons
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
    • Neo-Pure KNPQ2-S 2 Stage Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System With Scale Inhibitor
    • Neo-Pure KNPQ2-S 2 Stage Quick Change Water Cooler Filter System With Scale Inhibitor

      Part Number: K-NPQ2-S
      • For use with water coolers providing hot/cold water
      • Reduces cysts, lead and scale
      • Reduces chlorine, taste and odor
      • Micron Rating: 1 micron
      • Filter Life: 1250 gallons
      • Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm
    • Neo-Pure K-NPDWSC Quick Change Drinking Water System
    • Neo-Pure K-NPDWSC Quick Change Drinking Water System

      Part Number: K-NPDWSC

More About Activated and Carbon Block Water Filtration Systems

An activated carbon water filter system does not remove bacteria. Instead, a carbon water filter is more likely to become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold should your carbon filter go unused or unchanged for more than 6 months. The first time water touches the activated carbon water filter, the pathogens in your water are absorbed by the carbon and begin to grow on the organic carbon material. So whether you've used your carbon water filter or not, you need to regularly change the activated carbon filter in order to keep your water free of bacteria and mold...so you have great tasting water!

Block carbon water filters are blends of pulverized carbon and polymers that are compressed into a solid form under extreme pressure. The resulting block carbon filter (also called CB or Extruded Carbon Block) is then used in conjunction with a standard water filter in order to remove VOC's from drinking water. Much like normal filters, the CB carbon water filter needs to be changed regularly, according to the manufacturer's recommendations of every 6 months.

Of the two types of carbon filters, a block carbon water filter cleans your water more thoroughly than an activated carbon water filter because their carbon structure is compressed and will not move no matter how much water is run through the filter. Activated carbon is loose carbon material that can move around over time, giving way to the pressure of water; activated carbon can "channel" water, leaving water running through the path of least resistance, with less filtering.

Block carbon water filters are available in 10 micron, 5 micron, .5 micron and other particle filtration sizes. We recommend that you buy a carbon water filter with the smallest particle size filtration (.5 micron) to best filter your water.