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Activated Carbon Filtration systems

An Activated Carbon Filtration system is a good choice for improving the taste of most tap water because it reduces the chlorine, tastes, odors and sediments commonly associated with municipal water.

How Activated Carbon Filtration works

Source water passes through a filtration mesh which blocks large particulates. Next, smaller organic matter is removed. Finally, the water reaches a core of activated carbon that acts like an organic magnet and traps contaminants as the water passes through. This process is called “adsorption” (like a magnet) vs. “absorption” (like a sponge).

NSF International* certified, multi-technology carbon filtration is also effective in reducing cysts (parasites) and lead that can leach from the pipes that deliver tap water. Other benefits are:


  • NSF International* certifies the process for significantly reducing particulates, unpleasant taste, odor, cysts (parasites) and lead
  • Multi-technology cartridges are sealed to prevent exposure to airborne pollutants
  • Systems do not require connection to a drain
  • Models and features vary by region


*NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Company™, a
not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the world leader
in standards development, product certification, education and risk
management for public health and safety.

Is active carbon filtration right for me?

Most tap water requires active carbon filtration to significantly reduce chlorine, tastes, odors and contaminants. If you don’t detect mineral deposits on coffeemakers or pots, scale buildup on faucets, cloudiness in your ice cubes, or an earthy taste in your water, then Activated Carbon may be right for you. If you’re not sure, don’t worry. Call us and we’ll figure it out for you.

Reverse Osmosis Filtration systems

A Reverse Osmosis Filtration system is best if your water contains high levels of minerals. Water with high mineral content is usually referred to as “hard water” or as having Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Reverse Osmosis Filtration provides all the benefits of Activated Carbon Filtration, but is also effective in reducing dissolved minerals or contaminants from tap water.

How Reverse Osmosis Filtration works

Instead of removing impurities from tap water, reverse osmosis pulls clean water from any impurities. Water is prepared for treatment with a filter that significantly reduces particulates, sediment and other “floaties.” Cleaned water is then forced under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane with countless microscopic pores that allow H2O-size molecules to pass through. Water gets through and contaminants are washed down the drain. Finally, as the fresh water approaches your faucet or water cooler spigot, it travels through yet another multi-technology filter with activated carbon. The end result: absolute freshness.

Reverse osmosis filtration produces five to ten gallons of high quality drinking water per day. Its other features include:


  • Holding tanks store filtered water for availability on demand (1.9 gallons for residential tanks; 2.5 gallons for water dispensers) - Larger water production systems available
  • The process reduces cysts (parasites), arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride, lead, radium and selenium as well as chlorine, tastes, odors and sediments
  • Reverse osmosis filtration requires a drain line
  • Models and features vary by region

Is Reverse Osmosis Filtration right for me?

Reverse Osmosis Filtration is probably the right technology for your water if you detect mineral deposits on coffeemakers or pots, or scale buildup on faucets. A visible cloudiness in your ice cubes or an earthy taste in your water may also indicated high mineral content. If you are not sure, don’t panic. Just call us for assistance.

Compare our filtration technologies.

MyUtapia offers both Activated Carbon and Reverse Osmosis Filtration. Either way, water flows through multiple water treatment technologies in each system to give it the clean, refreshing taste you crave.

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