Doulton Ceramic Filter Overview Video Transcript
Hey everyone, Aquaman here with FilterDoctor.com.
Now, Doulton is a remarkable company. Theyíve been making ceramic filters for over one hundred and seventy five years, since the late 1820ís. Theyíre manufactured in the UK to exacting standards. In fact, Doulton is an ISO-9001 certified organization, which basically means you have to have an extremely strict quality control program in order to be ISO-9001. Theyíre also certified by the WRAS, thatís the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme. Itís a European water quality standards organization with even higher standards than those in the United States.
Doulton also performs extensive internal testing on their filters. In fact, I recently sat with a Doulton rep who told me stories of their laboratory where they grow e coli bacteria for testing purposes. They put it in water and then pump the water through the cartridges to verify that theyíre removing that dangerous bacteria.
Doulton also sends their cartridges out to independent laboratories for third party verification. In fact, Doulton is a member of the Water Quality Association, and many of their cartridges have NSF certification and some are even recognized by the World Health Organization. Their quality standards are so high that NGOís across the world use their filter cartridges. Organizations like Unicef, the Red Cross, Oxfam and the Peace Corps.
Now, Doulton is an environmentally friendly company as well. They make their filters from almost 100% biodegradable material. When you look at this cartridge, everything except this small plastic cap is completely biodegradable. The ceramic came from nature to begin with and goes back to nature in a landfill, and the same is true of the carbon. Itís manufactured from coconut shells, which are a natural product, obviously, and when youíre done using it, in the landfill itís biodegradable.
One last thing about Doulton; they are a benevolent organization. Theyíre concerned about the needs of people across the world who donít have drinking water. Some 1.7 billion people do not have a glass of clean drinking water every day. They support organizations like AQUA-AID and Lifewater, so when you buy a Doulton filter, you can be confident that that money is going to help someone in need, somewhere in the world where they donít have access to clean drinking water.
Now, every Doulton filter features this self-sterilizing ceramic outer shell with imbedded silver particles. Itís important to note that this is not an impregnation of silver, but rather the silver particles are imbedded within the ceramic and therefore cannot escape; unlike an impregnating procedure which would allow for the silver to escape from the filter media. This is a superior process and will not allow silver to be added into your drinking water. And the silver is important because it causes the filter to be bacteriostatic and self-sterilizing, meaning that microbial cysts like cryptosporidium and giardia and pathogenic bacteria like salmonella and cholera and e coli, cannot live and grow on this filter media.
Now, perhaps the greatest feature of these ceramic filters is that they are reusable. You can wash this filter and reuse it up to about twenty times. Simply remove it from the filter housing and under running water, use a green Scotchbrite to lightly scrub the outer surface until itís fresh and creamy white like it was when it was new. Then reinstall and youíre back in business.
Filter life is difficult to estimate because itís going to depend on your unique circumstances, but approximately 2,600 gallons, and about twenty reuses of the filter cartridge.
See detailed specifications and purchase the Doulton products here.