Granular Activated Carbon Not Working?

Ever since granular adsorbent media such as bone char and granular activated carbon (GAC) replaced powdered activated carbon (PAC), the amount of air in a bed of dry GAC has adversely affected the performance of many adsorption systems. Too many operators of liquid phase adsorption systems are unaware of this property.

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Addressing air in the bed of dry GAC

About The Author: 

Wayne Schuliger, P.E., is technical director for PACS Inc., and can be reached at wayne@pacslabs.com. Henry Nowicki, Ph.D./M.B.A., is president of PACS and Activated Carbon Services Inc. and can be reached at henry@pacslabs.com. H. George Nowicki, B.S., is laboratory manager and business developer for PACS and can be reached at george@pacslabs.com. Barbara Sherman, M.S., is manager of operations for PACS and can be reached at barb@pacslabs.com.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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Filter Cartridges

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March 2012

ParaGuard silver-impregnated powder-activated-carbon pleated cartridges offer high flow rates, efficient filtration and high dirt-holding capacity. They reduce chlorine, viruses, bacteria, cysts, volatile organic compounds, disinfection byproducts, endotoxins, natural organic matter and other sub-micron particles. Standard and custom sizes are available.

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The ABCs of Activated Carbon

Activated carbon (AC) is a common component in many water treatment devices. It removes a wide variety of organic-based contaminants, as well as some inorganic contaminants such as free chlorine and monochloramine. It is common to use AC ahead of reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins to prevent oxidation and organic fouling and to decrease maintenance frequency.  

Activated Carbon Properties

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Activated carbon properties determine filtration performance

About The Author: 

Robert Potwora is technical director for Carbon Resources. Potwora can be reached at robert@carbonresources.com or 760.630.5724.

Publication Date: 
February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
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Arsenic & Activated Carbon

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known Proposition (Prop) 65. The act requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Aiming for Arsenic

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Preemptive testing can prevent costly penalties in California

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Sarah Zrout is quality manager with the Water Quality Assn. Zrout can be reached at szrout@wqa.org.

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September 22, 2011
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September 22, 2011
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Emerging Chemical Concerns

Many adverse ecological effects have been attributed to pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) and endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), but it is not clear what risk they pose to human health. In the past, water was known to contain these chemicals, but the exact amount was difficult to quantify. Recently, these chemicals have gained much more attention.

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Treatment solutions for chemicals affecting human health

About The Author: 

Robert Potwora is technical director of Carbon Resources LLC. Potwora can be reached at robert@carbonresouces.com or 760.630.5724.

Publication Date: 
September 22, 2011
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September 22, 2011
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23033

Organic Contaminant Removal With Activated Carbon

Activated carbon is commonly used in point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) water applications. Activated carbon is predominantly used to remove organic-based contaminants and inorganic contaminants like free chlorine and monochloramine from water. Other water treatment processes such as reverse osmosis or ion exchange are better suited for other inorganic chemicals that may be present in water.

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Factors impacting contaminant removal

About The Author: 

Robert Potwora is technical director of Carbon Resources. Potwora can be reached at robert@carbonresources.com or 760.630.5724.

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2011
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May 31, 2011
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Taking ‘Green’ Claims to Task

As more companies tout “green” and eco-friendly products, Dennis Roberts of Filtrex Technologies, along with other industry insiders in the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) task force, take on the complicated challenge of creating green product standards.

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Clare Pierson is associate editor of Water Quality Products. Pierson can be reached at 847.391.1012 or by e-mail at cpierson@sgcmail.com.

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February 8, 2010
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Controlling Contamination with Carbon

Controlling VOC contamination with activated carbon

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Ken Schaeffer is president of Carbon Resources, LLC. Schaeffer can be reached by e-mail at ken@carbonresources.com.

Activation Date: 
September 8, 2009
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21068

Treating Bacteria in Drinking Water

Activated carbon proves effective against microorganisms

About The Author: 

Kimberly Walsh is vice president of marketing for Carbon Resources, LLC. Walsh can be reached at 760.630.5724 or by e-mail at kim@carbonresources.com.

Activation Date: 
February 16, 2009
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Legacy
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20126

Surcharge Imposed on All Chinese Steam-Activated Carbon

 

At this point, many of you probably have learned that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced a significant preliminary increase of anti-dumping duties on steam-activated carbon imported from China. Domestic manufacturers can expect to see duties increase from 4.8% to as much as 14 to 228%.

Following the announcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require importers to post a deposit in the amount of the duties.

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Neda Simeonova, editor
nsimeonova@sgcmail.com

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November 1, 2006
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