Ancient Zeolite Water Purification System Discovered
Natural Zeolite Water Purification found in Ancient Mayan Civilization of Tikal

About two thousand years ago in North America the Mayan people in what is now Mexico were already using large-scale sophisticated water filtration systems using natural zeolite. A zeolite filtration system discovered at Tikal’s Corriental reservoir is the oldest known example of water purification in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest known use of zeolite for decontaminating drinking water in the world.

The Mayans were apparently using a natural zeolite water filtration system to purify drinking water for the 100,000 or so people who were living in the city of Tikal. Tikal was in the middle of a jungle, a humid tropical environment with drinking water contaminated by harmful volcanic ash, microbes and toxic mineral leachates.

This zeolite filtration system was a source of clean and safe drinking water for the people of Tikal for over a thousand years. This water filtration technology predates Sir Robert Bacon's first sand filter by almost two thousand years!

Original Article:

Clinoptilolite as Support for Bacterial Community Formation in Wastewater Treatment
Published 5-20-2022 by Lacrimioara Senila et. al. at the Research Institute for Analytical Instrumentation Subsidiary, National Institute for Research and Development of Optoelectronics, and the Faculty of Materials and Environmental Engineering, Technical University, Romania.