Activated Carbon Filter Vessels

Activated Carbon Filter Vessel



  • The Activated Carbon Vessels (sometimes referred to as Mega Char systems) like a sand filter is used as a basic sediment filter, removing large particles from water such as dirt, sand, mud, rust and other large sediments, however the granulated Activated carbon also absorbs chlorine and organic molecules from the water making it smell and taste better. 


  • The deep bed carbon filter is filled with small amount of silica sand and loose activated Carbon. 


  • The domestic Carbon Vessel would be installed on the mainline of the household, and filter all the water going into the house.


  • The Activated Carbon Vessels are available in 4 sizes ranging from 25 to 100 Litre, keep in mind that the large the Activated Carbon Vessel the more effective it will be at absorbing chlorine and the less often you will need to backwash the vessel. 


  • The Deep bed carbon filter needs to be flushed on a regular basis (Typically once every 2 to 5 days, depending on the quality of the water source), to remove the sediment and particles trapped inside the vessel.


  • The Sand and carbon inside the vessel should last between 12 to 24 months before needing to be replaced. One way to know the carbon needs to be replaced if you can smell or taste chlorine coming through or the flow rate is low despite constant flushing. Another is to physically feel the carbon media inside of the vessel if it is starting to have a "slimy" feeling and not just wet then it means micro organisms have begun to grow on the media and it should be replaced. 


  • The Domestic Carbon Vessel is not recommended for non-municipal source waters (for example boreholes) unless there are bad odors and smells in the water.




  • All the water supplied to your house is filtered
  • Removes chemicals such as chlorine
  • Filtrated water tastes and smells great
  • Preserve the natural minerals in the water
  • No water wasted during filtration
  • Low maintenance
  • Relatively low maintenance cost
  • No electricity required (with standard manual valve)
  • Large filtration capacity.
  • Low-cost filtration solution


Keep in mind:

  • The Vessel needs to be flushed on a regular basis to prevent blockage of the units, this can be done manually or automatically with the Digital Backwash Valve.
  • The domestic Carbon Vessel does not remove bacteria and other micro-organisms that may be in the water. If the water quality in your area is a real problem, you may want to consider a more advanced filtration adding a 1 Micron and Ultra Violet Light with carbon vessel.
  • Minerals and pesticides are too small to be removed by the Domestic Carbon Vessel
  • You will require some plumbing knowledge and experience to install the system successfully.
  • This system is designed for the filtration of municipal water. If you make use of a different water source, such as a bore hole, please contact us for advice on the right systems for boreholes.
  • These systems typically filter water at a peak flow rate of 2400 liters per hour.
  • The Fibre Glass Vessel has a maximum operating pressure of 90 psi. If you suspect that your water pressure will at any time exceed 80 psi, a pressure regulator MUST BE INSTALLED before the filter housing. This action will guard against the water pressure exceeding the maximum pressure rating. It is recommended that the pressure regulator is set at 70 psi or less.

How it works:

Unlike a standard pool sand filter, the deep bed carbon filter vessel ais tall and narrow. The source water flows in from the top of the vessel and has to flow all the way to the bottom of the vessel before it can make its way back to the top and out of the vessel.

Because the water has to travel all the way to the bottom it has a longer exposure time to the carbon inside the vessel, which in turn means that more sediment, particles, and chlorine can be removed from the water.


Whats Included In the Price:  

  • FRP Vessel
  • Manual or Automatic Backwash Valve Head
  • Loose activated Carbon 
  • Filter Sand
  • Riser Pipe and strainers


Price Excludes: 

  • Delivery costs
  • Installation and fittings.



How to install the Deep Bed Sand Filter Vessel





Programming the Digital Automatic Backwash Valve Head



Additional Options


Manual Backwash Valve Head

The Activated Carbon Vessels come standard with an Automatic Valve Head, however, this is an option of a downgrade it to a manual valve head. 

The Manual Valve Head Does Not Require Power, and will require you to manual put the Carbon Vessel through its backwash cycle. 


Add KDF 55 to the Activated Carbon Vessel



This option is to adds a specific amount of KDF into the vessel mixture.

KDF short for Kinetic Degradation Fluxion Media is an artificial alloy of copper and zinc that has revolutionized water treatment. The copper in KDF has a positive charge while zinc has a negative, this results in an electrochemical oxidation reduction reaction. This sounds very complex but the result is that KDF is effective at removing or reducing the following: 

  • Mercury

  • Pesticides

  • Arsenic

  • Hydrogen sulfide

  • Lead 

  • Chlorine 

  • Calcium

  • Chromium

  • Cadmium

  • Aluminium

  • Nickel

  • Iron

  • Rust

  • Organic particles (thus removing smells and tastes)

  • Pesticides

  • Limits growth or bacteria, algae, and fungi

One of the biggest advantages is that KDF can extend the life time of the filter media by preventing bacteria growth. KDF Should ideally be mixed with carbon at a ratio of 4:6 by weight, however, KDF is expensive thus we recommend adding a little bit to prevent a build up of bacteria in the filter.  



Big Blue with 1 Micron Sediment Filter



The Carbon Vessel acts as a coarse sediment filter, which means some finer particles may still come through depending on the source water quality. 

To prevent the finer particles coming through you can place a big blue housing with a 1-micron sediment filter after the carbon vessel to capture the finer particles. 


Stainless Steel Ultra Violet Light



The Domestic Carbon Vessel does not remove or deal with bacteria or micro organisms in the water. Also because it is absorbing chlorine and organic molecules from the source water, it can create an environment for bacteria to start breeding.

The Ultra Violet (UV) light will help to kill any bacteria that may be present in the source water. 

Keep in mind that the stainless steel UV light will require the 1 Micron Sediment Filter in order to remove fine particles, and prevent "shadowing" on the UV light. 

Picture of 25 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
25 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
Flow Rate: +\- 1000 Litres Per Hour Maximum Pressure Rating: 6 bar / 90 Psi Includes: 25 Litre FRP Vessel, Valve Head, 1 x Bag of Activated Carbon
R 7 850,00
Picture of 50 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
50 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
Flow Rate: +\- 2000 Litres Per Hour Maximum Pressure Rating: 6 bar / 90 Psi Includes: 50 Litre FRP Vessel, Valve Head, 2 x Bag of Activated Carbon
R 10 550,00
Picture of 75 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
75 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
Flow Rate: +\- 2500 Litres Per Hour Maximum Pressure Rating: 6 bar / 90 Psi Includes: 75 Litre FRP Vessel, Valve Head, 3 x Bag of Activated Carbon
R 13 500,00
Picture of 100 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
100 Litre Activated Carbon Filter Vessel
Flow Rate: +\- 3000 Litres Per Hour Maximum Pressure Rating: 6 bar / 90 Psi Includes: 100 Litre FRP Vessel, Valve Head, 4 x Bag of Activated Carbon
R 16 950,00