Water Filtration & Treatment

Clinoptilolite-based zeolite’s detoxification properties are proven to have positive effects on health, and its use has increased enormously. 

As per Water Conditioning & Purification International, a unique advantage of clinoptilolite-based products is its physical, chemical, adsorption, ionization, reduction and catalytic properties. Additionally, clinoptilolite can adsorb ammonia, nitrate, nitrogen, hydrogen sulphide, heavy metals, carbon-oxygen, oil-derivates, and more. It can also adsorb or separate specific properties with catalytic effects, including but not limited to potassium, iron, manganese, strontium, lead, copper, silver, and mercury. 

As zeolite’s main physical and chemical advantages lie within its unique molecular composition, high surface charge density and high cation exchange capacity, zeolites’ unique ability to absorb and bind a broad range of materials makes it a simple and inexpensive solution to many problems spanning a variety of industries and environmental issues.

Zeolite’s applications also apply specifically to water and wastewater treatment, catalysis, nuclear waste, agriculture, animal feed additives, and biochemical applications across agriculture and industry. 

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Why Zeolite Is Effective In Water Treatment & Filtration

Zeolite has many pores, making it exponentially more efficient in its filtration performance. Clinoptilolite zeolite, in particular, has a high amount of pores, which means it can capture a higher capacity of foreign particles. 

Its high cation exchange capacity can replace positive ions in the water, such as dissolved metals, sodium, or ammonia, and replace it with something else already attached to the media’s ion-exchange sites. With its high pore density, zeolite can do so more efficiently and at higher concentrations.

As per Water Conditioning & Purification International, zeolite’s use in water purification potential applies to the following applications and industries.


General applications and industries served


Water treatment

 • Removal of turbidity particles to three to five micron

 • Removal of heavy metal cations, certain hydrocarbons and other contaminants

 • Can be used as a direct replacement media for sand filtration system with 2.8x sediment loading capacity

Wastewater treatment/pollution control

 • Wastewater ammonia removal in municipal/industrial wastewater

Radioactive water treatment

 • Nuclear cooling and waste treatment of cesium and strontium and site remediation/decontamination

Aquaculture/fishing industry: fish-hatchery water treatment

 • Ammonia control

 • Biofiltration media


 • Animal waste treatment/odour control

 • Water clarification and disinfection

 • Decreases ammonia levels in ponds and water tanks

 • Reclamation of used media for soil fertilizer

Horticulture (plant nurseries/greenhouses)

 • Turbidity reduction

 • Water clarifier/physical nitration barrier for bacteria control

 • Reclamation/revegetation (you can use used media as potting soil for plants, etc.)


Most importantly, zeolite’s adsorption properties can effectively treat drinking water systems, supplying the population with cleaner, safer drinking water.