Do Activated Carbon Filters Remove Lead?

Get the lead out! That’s what people used to say if you were moving slowly. They wanted you to get the lead out of your feet and step lively. These days “get the lead out” more often than not refers to getting lead out of water. Lead in water is a problem. What takes it out? Do activated carbon filters remove lead?

How Lead Gets in Water

Many contaminants naturally occur in water. Lead isn’t one of them. Lead enters drinking water from the metal in old water faucets and fountains, old interior water pipes, or the water pipes that connect the house to the main water main. The lead gets in the water as old fixtures corrode or the solder that holds old pipes together ages. As water sits in the lead-contaminated pipes, the lead leaches into the water supply. Continuously running water doesn’t pick up lead as much as still water. That’s why lead levels are always highest in the morning, when water hasn’t been used overnight. If water sits for 6 or more hours, it can be contaminated with lead.

Removing Lead

Distillation, reverse osmosis, and activated carbon remove lead. Each  has its own pros and cons.


Distillation is more than just boiling water. Boiling water concentrates the lead levels in the water. In distillation, the water vapor is captured and condensed. The lead is left behind. Distilling requires electricity or some source of power and creates heat. It’s not an energy efficient way to remove lead. It also requires you to take the water from the tap, put it in the distiller, and wait. So, it’s not quick. However, it is effective.

Reverse Osmosis.

Reverse osmosis sends water through a special membrane. As a result, the membrane rejects the lead and only allows water through. Reverse osmosis is an excellent way to remove lead and many other contaminants from water. Aquathin’s Patented RO/DI process is the only system that provides water that is salt-free and eliminates nitrates, heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, and disease-causing waterborne micro-organisms.

Activated carbon.

Activated carbon filters will remove lead if they contain the right type and amount of carbon. How can you know for sure? Check for NSF certification. The National Sanitation Foundation was founded in 1944. They test and certify water filters and water filtering media to remove a variety of contaminants at various levels. For example, to be NSF certified, a filter or filter media must remove 15 ppb of lead down to at least 10 ppb. The Water Quality Association also tests and certifies filters. Carbon filters don’t require electricity or a high degree of water pressure. They can be attached to the faucet or under the sink.

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Aquathin Lead Out Water Filter

Activated Carbon Filters to Remove Lead

Yes, standard activated carbon filters remove some lead but why not get even better protection.

Unlike regular activated carbon filters, our Yes filter for example, Aquathin’s Lead Out filter contains 69 cubic inches of FDA & NSF approved media ABA-2000AQ. ABA-2000AQ is a high yield activated aluminum oxide specially formulated for the removal of lead. Lead and other heavy metals have a very high affinity to aluminium oxide. As the water passes through the deep media bed,  the lead ions get attracted to the aluminium oxide. Once attached the water flow cannot detach the heavy metal ions from the aluminium oxide.

Not only does Aquathin’s Lead Out water filter reduces lead concentrations far below the E.P.A’s recommend level for safety it also reduces fluoride, chlorine, sediment and organic contaminants in your drinking water.

Don’t drink lead contaminated water. Don’t let your family drink lead contaminated water. Simply install an Aquathin Lead Out activated carbon filter at the faucet and filter 1,842 gallons of water.

Buy your Lead out filter today.

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