Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a state-of-the-art water purification system. It is a technologically advanced filtration method that removes a very wide range of contaminants from water. It also provides protection from microorganisms in the water.
Kidney dialysis, laboratory tests, manufacturers and desalination (removing salt from sea water to produce drinking water) utilize reverse osmosis. It’s also, great for homes.
To better understand RO’s let’s refresh the concept of osmosis from our school days. An example of osmosis is the process by which a plant absorbs water through its root network. Reverse Osmosis reverses this process using the pressure in the water line to force the contaminated raw water against a semi-permeable membrane. This accepts only the pure water, sending it to a small storage tank for household consumption. The contaminated water discharges to a drain for recycling or to some other useful place.
An RO for Residential Use is Composed of Several Filters:
The first filter: is either an extremely fine mesh pre-filter, or a combination of sediment and carbon pre-filter that protects the RO’s membrane from damage by chlorine and/or fine debris, sand or sediment in the water.
The second filter: is the RO membrane, which is the “work-horse” of the system. It removes inorganic compounds such as heavy metals, arsenic, chromium 6, mercury, nitrates, cadmium, cyanide and more. It also provides protection from microorganisms in the water such as bacteria, viruses, giardia and cysts.
The third filter: is a post-filter that removes organic compounds such as herbicides, pesticides and hundreds more from the water.
Benefits of an RO:
- Provides your family with the pure, safe, great tasting water vital to your health and well being.
- You have a never ending supply of purified water for drinking, cooking, baby formula and pets at your fingertips
- Fill your own container for only $0 .14 per gallon.
- Imagine the savings when you no longer spend $0.99 for a 16 ounce bottle of water!
- Additionally, you can help reduce the amount of empty bottles in our landfills.
A water line from the RO can attach to your refrigerator so you can enjoy cool purified water and crystal clear ice cubes.
To ensure proper functioning of an RO system, and for the protection of the users the system needs annual preventative maintenance. The RO membrane flushes itself as it discharges contaminants. Since the pre- and- post- filters store the contaminants that are removed from the water they need to be replaced in a timely manner. Otherwise, contaminants will begin to release back into the water stream along with newly arriving contaminants. Fortunately, they are inexpensive to replace and doing so protects the life span of the membrane.
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