Reverse osmosis is a continuous operating treatment technology that separates impurities from water by using pressure to pass water through a thin membrane. This thin membrane has pores small enough to pass pure water through while rejecting larger molecules such as dissolved salts and other impurities such as bacteria. It produces highly purified water for drinking water systems, food and beverage processing, industrial boilers, cosmetics, seawater desalination, and many other applications. It has been a recognized technology for more than a century and commercialized since the 1960’s.
Reverse osmosis works by reversing the principle of osmosis which is a natural tendency of water with dissolved salts to flow through a membrane from lower to higher salt concentration. This process is a natural water phenomenon. Plants use osmosis to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. Kidneys use osmosis to absorb water from blood in humans and other animals.
In a reverse osmosis system, pressure (from a pump) is used to overcome natural osmotic pressure, forcing water with its load of dissolved salts and other impurities through a highly advanced semipermeable membrane that removes a high percentage of the impurities. The result of this process is highly purified water.
A reverse osmosis system uses cross-filtration, the filtered water goes one way and the contaminated water goes a different way. Cross-flow filtration allows water to sweep away contaminant buildup and enough turbulence to keep the membrane surface clean.
These contaminants found in water can result in serious health problems. Here are some of those contaminants listed below:
If pure water is what you are looking for, a reverse osmosis drinking system is what you need. Here are some of the benefits of reverse osmosis.
Water softeners are designed to remove hard minerals from water. While water softeners may address some of your hard water problems, they are NOT meant for water purification.
Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to remove things like calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese – replacing them with sodium ions.
Even after adding a water softener, you still have a high level of total dissolved solids, which will impact the taste. Reverse osmosis filters out the sodium that your water softener adds.
Reverse osmosis drinking water system partnered with a water softener allows you to enjoy the benefits of both soft water and purified drinking water. Additionally, reverse osmosis systems are more efficient when they are used with soft water.
If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, or you’re worried about what possible contaminants might be in it, there’s a good chance you’re buying bottled water.
Bottled water can get expensive. Plastic bottles create a lot of waste as they often go unrecycled and end up in landfills and negatively affect ocean life. Additionally, the truth is most of that bottled water isn’t as pure as you think. It’s just filtered tap water.
In the U.S., one study found we spent more than $15 billion on bottled water in 2015.
A reverse osmosis system pays for itself in no time because you’ll only be paying fractions of pennies per gallon. Added bonus, whenever you need clean pure drinking water, it’s right there at the tap. Find out more about why you should stop buying bottled water.
The impurities in your home’s water will affect the taste of the food you make.
When you boil pasta, make soups, or bake homemade bread, pure water can make a big difference.
If you’re using municipal tap water for cooking, there’s a likelihood you have too much chlorine in it. That will not only affect the taste if your food, it discolors it as well.
You’ll also find that coffee and tea taste better with reverse osmosis water. We have found that as reverse osmosis has gotten more widespread that many of the best restaurants now exclusively use reverse osmosis water for cooking.
Perhaps the best reason to have reverse osmosis drinking water in your home is how great the water tastes! When you remove all those impurities, you’re left with nothing but clean, refreshing pure water.
Here is a testimonial from one of our customers about her filtration and reverse osmosis system:
“Thank you to Pure Solutions for getting us our amazing whole house water filter! They even through in a Reverse Osmosis water filtration bonus for our kitchen!! This luxury is a necessity in Florida! And they had it installed within 24 hours!! I can’t tell you all how much we love it! It’s like showering in a waterfall! So soft and the smell and taste is like spring water. I seriously think I’m even sleeping better. And our clothes are super clean! My husband’s skin no longer dries and cracks. I really love that my family is no longer exposed to the chemicals in Florida’s water. I could go on it’s so amazing!!” -LS
It has become our mission to educate and diagnose your water issues with our free water testing services. We customize our filtration system for you depending on your water needs. Reverse Osmosis is just one of the many filtration systems we use to improve the safety and well being of you and your family.