Drinking Water Treatment

Published 2013

Drinking water treatment using activated carbon filtration is one option for a homeowner to treat drinking water problems. AC is an effective method for treating certain organic compounds, unpleasant tastes and odors, and chlorine, though it is not effective for metals, nitrates, microbial contaminants and other inorganic contaminants. Selection of an AC system should be based on water analysis and assessment of the individual homeowner's needs and situation. Regular replacement of the filter/cartridge is a critical factor in maintaining effectiveness and reducing bacterial contamination of the filter. The NSF and the WQA test and certify products and this certification can help guide selection.

Publication Details


Bruce I. Dvorak

Sharon O. Skipton


Natural Resources

Water Management

Publication Date October 01, 2003
Last Revision Date November 19, 2013
Language English


Series NebGuide