Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, yet less than 1% is available as fresh water. Just as water is recycled and purified in nature, it can be treated in man-made systems to remove unwanted contaminants, including odors, colors, and tastes. Oxbow Activated Carbon products adsorb soluble chemical contaminants from drinking water, waste water, process water, point of use or point of entry systems, and aquariums.
Fish require a delicately balanced environment to survive and thrive. In a well-controlled aquarium setup, it is most frequently used to remove yellowing compounds and odors from the water. In particular, activated carbon is well suited to removing chlorine, tannins, and phenols.
The aquarium market includes home aquariums, large commercial aquariums, and aquatic displays. Oxbow Activated Carbon is the market leader in providing products to remove and reduce unwanted chemicals, color, and toxins that can build up in the water.
Drinking water must often be treated to make it potable (safe to drink). Activated carbon can remove both noxious and toxic compounds, improving not only the safety, but also the clarity, smell, and taste of drinking water. It also reacts chemically with chlorinated water to reduce the unpleasant odor and taste. Oxbow Activated Carbon products are highly effective in removing chemicals, toxins, and compounds from drinking water.
Point-of-entry (household) and point-of-use (refrigerator dispenser or kitchen faucet) describe how potable water is delivered. These home water filtration systems can turn potable but unpleasant city water into a clear, fresh-tasting, and highly drinkable pure beverage. Oxbow Activated Carbon products are widely used as the primary adsorbent filter media in both POU and POE treatment devices.
Process water is a broad term covering many applications in which water is used in processing or is part of the end product. Process water may be added to the product, such as the water used in fruit juices, or discarded, such as wash water. In either case, purity of process water is vital. Oxbow Activated Carbon products are an excellent option for chemical and compound treatment and removal.
Waste water is any water that will be disposed of, from car wash runoff to highly toxic industrial water. All waste water must be treated to meet environmental standards before being released into our waterways or reused in commercial and industrial processes. Oxbow Activated Carbon products reduce organic and non-biodegradable contaminants to acceptable environmental standards.