Photo credit from Practica Foundation, leading research on using ceramic water filters in developing countries.

Photo credit from Practica Foundation, leading research on using ceramic water filters in developing countries.

The use for water filters have increased over the past couple of years as users have become more informed about what kind of chemicals and bacteria can be found in the water they so freely drink.

There are many water filters available out there today, from UV water purifiers to gravity water filters. As we become more educated about the environment and the impact we have on it, we are more likely to opt for eco-friendly products.

Although the UV water filter and Gravity water filter is eco-friendly and is very energy efficient, another option is also available in what is called the ceramic water filter.

The ceramic water filter, or CWF, uses small, pore size ceramic materials in order to clean water. It is used to removed debris and other contaminants such as bacteria from water in order to deliver a cleaner product.

These water filters are manufactured to have pore sizes of 0.22 uM and smaller. The water filter is divided into two sections that can simply be described as the top section and bottom section.

Simple tap water is placed into the top section. In this section of this filtering system, the first step is the removal of bigger particles. Thus only water molecules and smaller debris are allowed to move through to what is called the clean side.

The contaminants that are left in the top section of the filtering system can be removed and cleaned easily. The CWF is available in two types namely the candle type of filter and pot type filters.

Because of the small pores, very few bacteria is allowed through to the clean side and thus delivers a cost effective way of filtering water in your home. It requires no plumbing and can be taken with you if you decide to move.

Some of these filters are also developed and produced in such a way as to use carbon. Carbon is known to absorb chemical compounds such as chlorine.

In order to keep algae and mold at bay, CWF should be treated with silver. This also helps to kill bacteria.

It is important to note that ceramic is very fragile. Things such as hairline cracks can occur and it can allow contaminants to pass through the filter and end up in what you think is clean water.