A brief history of Water Treatment & the way filtration systems evolved over time

A brief history of Water Treatment  and water filtration systems

For a long time in the history of mankind, humans were never bothered about the quality of water they drank. It was because water was always available to earlier communities in a very potable form. Appearance, smell & taste were key indicators of how potable the water was. History will show that most civilizations had their origins near huge water bodies like lakes and rivers. This was because water was a necessary commodity for sustaining life and means to carry it far were unavailable. But, as time progressed, pollution and diseases became more frequent and started playing havoc with the quality of drinking water. This lead to the process of water treatment.

The early water treatment and filtration systems

With time, it was clear that depending on human senses to determine the quality of water was not enough. This was due to the fact that despite clear indications, people were falling sick for no clear reason. In fact, many a times, drinking water was the culprit. Methods used when water didn’t look clear or it had a bad smell were boiling, straining and exposing to sunlight. It was only in the 1700s that filtration came about as a method to make water safe for drinking. Sand filtering was among the first methods of crude filtering used in the 1800s. But this took care of only visible contaminants. With progress in science, it was clear that micro-organisms that cause diseases are invisible to the naked eye. Hence we needed better filtration systems to ensure that we removed the micro organisms from our drinking water.

The major breakthrough in water treatment and Doulton’s part in the process

The 1800s were when science made water safe for our consumption. When we realized that cholera was water borne, we realized the need for strong water filtration systems. Even though sand filtration was effective to reduce turbidity, the threat of microbial transmission of diseases still remained. Hence efforts on to make new filtration systems gained speed.

In 1826, Henry Doulton made a breakthrough invention. He invented a sustainable and eco-friendly ceramic candle water filter. This paved the way to making water safer by way of filtration. Such a breakthrough also led to cutting down on deaths due to water borne diseases. In 1908, it was further discovered that was effective as a water disinfectant.

Thus Chlorine became somewhat of a panacea for all earlier water quality woes.

New Water Filter Technology that made water safer

With industrialization, water sources across the world came under threat of many new contaminants. This lead to the realization that that only chlorine and conservative ceramic filters may not be enough. Even though we were using RO filters and UV filters, we realized that it is filters made of natural materials that are more sustainable.

With the latest technology, it has helped in making these filters more efficient for water treatment. This has ensured removal of upto 99.99% of common contaminants post filtration. Addition of anti-microbial coatings has added an extra layer of safety to the drinking water from a Doulton Water Filter. With such extraordinary properties, it is no doubt that Doulton Water Filters are the best for you and your family.

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