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Doulton Ultracarb 10” Ceramic Filter 21419

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The Doulton Ultracarb is a three stage cartridge combining the highly efficient filtration properties of ceramic with the enhanced water treatment properties of activated carbon and the heavy metal reduction capabilities of ion exchange media.



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The Doulton Ultracarb is a three stage cartridge combining the highly efficient filtration properties of ceramic with the enhanced water treatment properties of activated carbon and the heavy metal reduction capabilities of ion exchange media.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Nitrates?

    Unfortunately the ceramic filter elements will not remove nitrates. In the home the only effective method that can be used to remove nitrates is ion exchange media.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Chloramine?

    The Ultracarb filter can remove some chloramines or monochloramine, however it is only able to reduce it for a few hundred litres depending upon the level in the water. A different type or more specialised filters are required for this.

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  • Why does the pH of my drinking water increase when I use my ceramic filter?

    The slight increase in the pH of water passing through the ceramic filters is due to the presence of the mineral Wollastonite in the ceramic. Wollastonite is slightly soluble and alkaline, so may partly dissolve in the water as it passes through the filter causing a minor pH shift which is harmless. No health based guideline value for pH in drinking water has been proposed by the WHO, although accompanying notes to the guidelines state that the pH range is often in the range of 6.5-9.5.

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  • When does a ceramic filter element need replacing?

    This depends on the type of ceramic filter being used: Sterasyl™ Should be replaced once cleaning fails to restore the water flow. The level of sediment and contaminants in the water will dictate the filter life. However, the manufacturer recommends that Sterasyl™ filters are replaced after 10,000 litres of water have passed through the filter, to guarantee optimum performance.

    Super Sterasyl™, Supercarb™, and Ultracarb™
    In combination filter elements (ceramic shells with internal filter media) cleaning the ceramic will not extend the life of the internal material. For example, the ‘life’ of the carbon block in Supercarb™ or Ultracarb™ filter elements is determined by the concentration of chlorine and/or volatile organic compounds in the water supply. This means that the life of the ceramic might or might not exceed the capacity of the carbon insert, depending on the water quality. Whichever point is reached first – the six months usage or the ceramic becoming blocked to the extent where cleaning does not restore the flow – governs when the filter element requires replacing. In most cases, the filter element should be replaced after 6 – 12 months of daily use. The following flow guidelines can be used to guarantee optimum performance:

    Super Sterasyl™ 2,000 litres,
    Supercarb™ 3,800 litres,
    Ultracarb™ 2,300 litres.

    After this amount of water has passed through the filter element, the filter will need to be replaced to guarantee optimum performance although the filter capacity can be up to 8000 litres in Australia due to the lower chlorine and chemical levels.

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  • When does a ceramic filter need cleaning?

    Once the flow out of the filter becomes noticeably less than normal.

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  • How do I clean a ceramic filter?

    Use a scouring pad (similar to 3M “Scotchbrite”). Ensure that the end of the filter do not come into contact with unfiltered water and dirty hands to avoid contamination. Rubber gloves are recommended to be used during cleaning and NEVER use soap or detergents!

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  • My ceramic filter blocks up too regularly, what can I do about it?

    In some water conditions, there is so much sediment or bacteria and algae in the water supply that the filter element becomes blocked much quicker than in normal conditions. In these circumstances, it is beneficial to use a pre-filter upstream of the ceramic filter or try and eradicate the bacteria and algae through the use of a suitable sanitiser or Ultra Violet system. This prevents the filter from becoming blocked too quickly, minimises cleaning and extends the filter life.

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  • I don’t have a flow meter to gauge the amount of water that my filter has treated. How can I estimate how much water has passed through the filter?

    On average a family of four uses approximately 8 litres of water per day for cooking and drinking. Therefore, based on this the filter would last 287 days or 9-10 months.

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  • Do I need to sterilise the candle after cleaning?

    The ceramic shell of Sterasyl™, Super Sterasyl™, Supercarb™, and Ultracarb™ filter elements all contain trace amounts of silver to prevent microbiological growth. These elements have anti-bacterial properties and should NOT be sterilised after cleaning. This included placing them in boiling water as this will damage the internal filter elements and the end seals.

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  • How do I keep my filter housing clean?

    The filter housing is best cleaned by unscrewing the body or housing from the head and wiping the surface and the inside of the body with warm water and a cloth or sponge. Mild detergent can also be used although it is IMPORTANT – not to attempt to clean the filter head, which could cause contamination of the filtered water.

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  • What happens if I leave the filter unused for a period of time?

    If normal use of the filter is interrupted by holidays or vacations, growth of harmless heterotrophic bacteria may result in a ‘flat’ or ‘stale’ taste for a period of time when use of the filter resumes. This is especially true for the filter elements that contain activated carbon such as the Super Sterasyl™ (contains granular activated carbon), the Supercarb™ and Ultracarb™ (both contain an extruded activated carbon core). Flushing the filter system for several minutes after any prolonged period of inactivity should eliminate the problem.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove hardness?

    Ceramic and carbon filtration does not remove hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) from water so these filter elements will not affect the hardness in drinking water. The resin contained in the filter is also not designed to remove calcium ions from the water.  

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  • Will hardness affect the performance of an Ultracarb™ filter element?

    The ATS resin media used in the Ultracarb™ filters will adsorb lead and other heavy metals, even in the presence of calcium and magnesium ions. This is proven in the NSF certification testing. One of the test protocols for metal(s) reduction calls for testing at high pH, high Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) conditions to simulate use in hard waters. Filter elements containing ATS have to pass this part of the test protocol before they can receive NSF certification.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Aluminium?

    The Doulton® Ultracarb ceramic water filters are only suitable for the removal of aluminium in particulate form. They are not proven to be suitable for treating dissolved aluminium. To treat water containing soluble aluminium, ion exchange resin, distillation or reverse osmosis must be used.

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  • Will my Doulton® or British Berkefeld® filter element remove Arsenic?

    No, Arsenic is likely to be in a dissolved state, to remove or reduce arsenic the water must pass through an AS280 activated alumina system or a Reverse Osmosis filtration system.

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  • Will my Doulton® ceramic or Ultracarb filter remove all types of bacteria?

    No. The large number of different species of bacteria of different shape, size and growth characteristics, preclude the ceramic filter from being effective against all of them. A reverse osmosis or ultra-violet system would be required for this.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb remove diesel, petroleum or MTBE?

    The ceramic part of our filter elements will not take out any of these organic materials. The activated carbon in the Supercarb™ and Ultracarb™ filter elements will have some effect. However, to remove these types of materials requires much greater quantities of activated carbon and much longer contact time than these filters can provide.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Fluoride?

    Fluoride salts are soluble in water and will not be removed with standard filtration or Doulton filters.  To remove dissolved fluoride Aqua Safe AS280 filtration system or reverse osmosis system is required.  

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Iron?

    The Doulton® range of ceramic water filters are only suitable for the removal of iron in particulate form. They are not proven as suitable for treating dissolved iron. To treat water containing soluble iron, the iron must be oxidised to induce precipitation prior to filtration. Alternatively distillation, reverse osmosis or mixed bed resin filters can be used.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ceramic filter remove Legionella?

    Since Legionella has a similar morphology to E-coli, our ceramic filter elements should provide similar protection against Legionella. However, Legionella is capable of slow regrowth downstream of the filter, so if just one organism passes through the ceramic it could eventually colonise the water delivery system. Therefore it is important to regularly disinfect downstream of the filter or fit a Ultra-Violet light just after the filter.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter element remove Manganese?

    No, to remove Manganese, oxidation treatment and filtration can be done or reverse osmosis, mixed bed resin or specialised heavy metal removal filters can be used.

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  • Will my Doulton® Ultracarb filter remove Oestrogen and Synthetic Oestrogen?

    While carbon filters are effective in reducing it, reverse osmosis or mixed bed resin filters are best for removal of these chemicals.

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  • Will my Doulton® filter remove Pseudamonas aeroginosa?

    Pseudomonas aeroginosa is a potential coloniser of water system networks and is similar in size to E-coli. Ceramic filters will therefore reduce this bacteria much the same as for E-coli. However, since this organism is rapid growing and may recover quickly, a <99.99% barrier maybe insufficient. A limited number of cells may pass through the filter which, unlike E-coli, may form colonies downstream of the filter. It would be best to combine filtration with a ultra-violet disinfection stage to ensure removal of Pseudomonas aeroginosa.

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  • Which type of filter is more suitable for removing chloramines or monochloramine ?

    This depends upon if you are looking at a bench top or under bench system. Either way we would recommend an AS100, AS150 or AS200 system type with a AS001K cartridge. This system is able to treat approx 4000 litres for chloramines removal. If a higher volume is required we can supply specialised Chloramines removal cartridges that will fit into either of the above mentioned systems.

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  • Which is a more efficient shower filter?

    The shower filters are all very efficient at removing chlorine and are designed and built in a way to suit this purpose, the type selected depends upon if you have a wall mount shower rose or hand held shower rose.

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  • Is it safe using Wollastonite in your filter?

    Wollastonite is a natural mineral and will not affect the water filter although I would imagine you will be installing this after the filter unit.

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Buy with Confidence

* Contact Aqua Safe on 1300 661 735 for details on applicable NSF/ ANSI Standard 42, 51, 53, 58 or 61 products and particulars of manufacturer.

Free Delivery

Aqua Safe is proud to provide free delivery to anywhere in Australia for orders over $55.00. Deliveries are sent either by Australia Post or by Courier depending on where you live. All online orders are fast tracked through our warehouse for quick dispatch.


10 Year Warranty

Aqua Safe International warrants all residential water filtration systems to the original purchaser for a period of ten (10) years starting from the date of purchase provided the warranty is registered with Aqua Safe customer care.

This warranty covers defects in materials, components and workmanship and includes pressure limiting valves, connection fittings and isolation valves. Excluded are filter cartridges, inline filters, membranes, UV lamps, quartz lens and UV ballast.

Commercial water filtration systems are covered for a period of five (5) years to the original purchaser starting from the date of purchase provided the warranty is registered with Aqua Safe customer care.

This is a long standing warranty policy first implemented by the company in January 2005. Prior to this date all systems were covered by a 3 year warranty.


30 day "No Questions Asked" Satisfaction Guarantee

We offer a 30 day Unique "No Questions Asked" Satisfaction Guarantee on all new standard* residential water filtration systems.

If at any time during the first 30 days (starting from the date you receive the item) you are not 100% satisfied with the quality or performance of your filtration system, simply re-package the unit and send it back to us in "good condition" (used or unused) with a copy of the tax invoice and we will issue a full refund for the purchase price (excluding any installation costs if installed by Aqua Safe).

This allows our customers to purchase virtually risk free 24/7. Non-stock items or special order items are also excluded along with low cost ASBTRO4 units.

* Standard systems only. System with added options are excluded.



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