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This Pentek EP-20BB carbon block filter cartridge reduces fine sediment and chlorine taste and odor in residential and commercial drinking water. It has a nominal (85%) filtration rating of 5 microns. The filter will reduce free available chlorine (FAC) at 2 parts per million (ppm) by at least 90% in up to 40,000 gallons at a flow rate of 4 gallons per minute (gpm). This cartridge is made of bonded powdered activated carbon (PAC) filter media wrapped in a polyolefin pre-filter with polyethylene outer netting. The nitrile butadiene rubber (Buna-N) gaskets seal the cartridge against the housing (sold separately). The cartridge has an initial pressure drop of 5.5 pounds per square inch (psi) at a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute (gpm), and operates over a temperature range of 40 to 180 degrees F (4.4 to 82.2 degrees C). This carbon block filter cartridge meets National Sanitation Foundation/American National Standards Institute (NSF/ANSI) standard 42 for quality assurance, and is used for purification of residential and commercial drinking water.

SpecificationsNominal filtration rating5 micronsInitial pressure drop at 5 gpm5.5 psiChlorine reduction capacity40,000 gallons at 4 gpmTemperature range40 to 180 degrees F (4.4 to 82.2 degrees C)Maximum dimensions (H x W)20 x 4-5/8 inches (508 x 118 mm)Materials certificationNSF/ANSI standard 42

The nominal filtration rating is for a particle removal efficiency of 85%. Chlorine reduction capacity is the minimum total amount of water for which the free available chlorine (FAC) at a concentration of 2 ppm is reduced by at least 90%.

H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.

Water filters remove undesirable particles, chemicals, and microorganisms from water by means of a semipermeable barrier, adsorption, or biological processes. They are made of densely packed synthetic or natural fibers that trap suspended particles, materials that block microbes or adsorb unwanted chemicals, or substances that cause a chemical change, such as acid neutralization. For most residential, commercial, and industrial applications, water filters are manufactured in the form of replaceable cartridges that fit inside permanent housings. Filtration systems typically consist of a series of two or more types of filters, each designed to remove different contaminants. The performance of filters is measured by the minimum particle size that is blocked, the percentage of particles or microorganisms that are removed, the downstream concentration of unwanted chemicals, the maximum flow rate, and the amount of water that can be filtered before the filter must be replaced. Water filters are used in a wide range of applications, including drinking water purification, swimming pools, industrial processes, and irrigation, among others.

Pentair manufactures industrial, commercial, and residential water filtration components and systems. The company, founded in 1966 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards 9001 and 14001 for quality assurance.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.6 x 20 inches ; 5.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00310Y9KI
  • Item model number: EP-20BB

Customer Reviews

Gets the job done

42 people found this helpful.
 on March 16, 2012
By DIYer
I get municipal drinking water with 1-2ppm of of chlorine (as much as a public pool) and 22 grains of hardness (more than 2x what’s considered “extremely hard”). When I had a water softener installed in my house, I also had a 

Great for whole-house applications: no pressure drop and protects softeners too

 on March 14, 2017
By Mike F
I have been using this filter with the Big Blue housing for years. I get clean & clear water at every point of use in my house. I find that the water tastes fine right out of the tap now, but ‘others’ in the house still prefer bottled. Note: in a blind taste test, they all chose the tap water! I use this ahead of my softener, and it strips out sediment & chlorine. The softener media has worked way beyond its suggested life span because of this filter.

Cleans our well water well

5 people found this helpful.
 on March 14, 2012
By JonAtwood
We have a shallow spring fed well and use this filter in conjunction with a UV to clean our water.

So far so good

7 people found this helpful.
 on July 13, 2013
By Sbalak
There were many complaints that the Pentek EP-20BB Carbon Block Filter reduced system pressure by ~5 PSI. My pressure tank runs between 50 psi to 32 psi and to be honest I don’t notice the pressure drop at all. My well pump is rather quick and only takes ~30s to raise the pressure back to 50psi. I don’t know if that’s masking the filter concerns others had. Does a good job of removing SO2 smell from water.

Still great-tasting after 6 months!

4 people found this helpful.
 on September 13, 2012
By V. Luke Paireepinart
Used this product in a Culligan HF-150A whole house housing – but used it undersink. The whole house filter cartridges are cheaper and filter much faster than the “under sink” marketed products. This filter worked great, fit in the housing, and makes the water taste almost as good as our rainwater system with a 4 stage + UV filtration system at a different house but for a lot less. We don’t do a separate sediment step, just this one. I’ll update review if filter doesn’t do well in the future.

Good price , good filter

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 25, 2013
By Phil J
This is a good price and a good filter, cost more at local stores.. I change it every 6 months like it says .. my city water has contaminates in it and it takes care of that.., also it helps remove any funny tastes , this filter make is great water.. from ok water. Also it works so well that i found my dog has allergies from the water and this helps her and seems to takes care of it.

Dirty Filters NOT dirty water

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 27, 2014
By Colorado Hi
Have two of these filters treating all the water in our home of 6 people – The filters get very “dirty” which we hope means the water is cleaner at the tap for drinking and for our water heater

Does good

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 27, 2014
By Amazon Customer
Does what it’s supposed to.

Great Filter

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 26, 2013
By Loonatic Fringe
I have had this filter for about 6 months, and it has performed very well. I never smell any chlorine, whereas without it, our city water has a very strong smell. It is easy to install, as well.

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