What Is an Aquaphor Water Filter?

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What Is an Aquaphor Water Filter?
Aquaphor filters are available at major department stores and speciality outlets. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Water filters serve a number of purposes in the modern commercial market. Companies produce filters for jacuzzis, showers, swimming pools and drinking water to catch debris, minerals and other waterborne items. Simply defined, an Aquaphor filter is any water filter produced by the Aquaphor Corporation. A more in-depth answer considers what an Aquaphor filter does, how it works and what types of Aquaphor filters exist on the commercial market.

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Aquaphor

Aquaphor is a Russian water filter manufacturer with a global distribution network. As of 2011, Electrophor, Inc, a New York-based corporation, owns Aquaphor. Aquaphor produces water filters approved for sale in the United States, European Union and other countries. According to its official website, Aquaphor constitutes the largest manufacturer of water filters in the world. The company retains more than 800 full-time employees and more than 120 chemists and engineers, at least 50 of whom conduct water filter research while developing new methods of design and manufacture.

Technology

Aquaphor designs and manufactures filters designed for home use carbon-block technology. These filters contain a matrix, or network, of materials designed to prevent potentially dangerous substances such as chlorine, heavy metals, organic compounds, rust and other particles from entering drinking water through taps. The type of filter in an Aquaphor filter determines the size of the particles prevented from entering the drinking water. Particle prevention ranges from 0.1 to 5 microns. Microns measure .00004 inch. A single human hair is approximately 75 microns thick. Aquaphor filters contain microcrystalline silver, a bactericide, or germ-killing chemical.

Types of Filters

Aquaphor manufactures a number of filter types for the commercial marker. The Aquaphor Crystal filter is a large unit that filters water before it reaches a tap by serving as an intermediary between the source of the water and the tap. Aquaphor Favorite is a small filter that attaches to pipes leading directly to faucets and filters water just before it reaches the tap. The Trio and Viking models are similar to the Crystal and Favorite models, respectively, though significantly larger than their counterparts. The Crystal-Osmo is a full water filtration system. It connects to a water supply, filters water through a 3.2-gallon tank and purifies it through a system of four filters.

Additional Information

In addition to water filters, Aquaphor produces water softeners and prefilters. Prefilters attach to a water line to purify all water entering a home or building before the water reaches the taps and faucets of the home. Different prefilters exist for cold and hot water lines. Water softeners reduce the amount of iron, dirt and sediment in water, catching nontoxic elements often left untouched by filters.

Aquaphor serves the medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and wastewater treatment industries in addition to its home water treatment business. To find retailers of Aquaphor products in the United States, contact Electrophor, Inc. at 914-693-1150.

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