The most effective filtration process for removing organic contaminants found in water. It works by attracting and holding certain chemicals as water passes through it. Because organic chemicals are usually responsible for taste, odor and color problems, carbon filtration can be used to improve "aesthetically objectionable" water. Carbon filtration is recognized by the WQA as an acceptable method to maintain certain drinking water contaminants within EPA limits.
In homebrewing, the dechlorination of a water source by use of a carbon filter.
A method of removing organic compounds and chlorine by-products from water using carbon's natural ability to adsorb these chemicals. The technique is often used to remove objectionable taste and odour from water.