Did you know there could be anything from lead to arsenic in your water? Yes, even if it’s city-controlled!
In the pursuit of safety, many people are switching to reverse osmosis systems to filter the gunk out. But what is that?
Reverse osmosis is the opposite of the osmosis process. To learn what that means scientifically, read about reverse osmosis drinking water below.
Think back to your old science classes, does “saline solution” ring any bells? How about the idea that something with less anything will seek out something with more?
Imagine two giant water droplets are next to each other, separated by a semipermeable membrane.
A semipermeable membrane is something that lets one thing in, but not the other: based on size. Just like a screen door lets air in, but not mosquitoes.
The salt, in this example, is the air and the salty water contributes its salt to the fresh water until they’re equal.
That’s a scientific way to say if you put fresh and salty together, they’ll mix.
This happens in nature all the time and takes no energy to complete.
Reverse osmosis isn’t exactly the opposite of osmosis when you get down to the details. It’s osmosis, but with a more complicated membrane (screen door).
Instead of the salt particles moving back and forth to equalize, they get trapped on the screen. The screen collects the salts, bacteria, and other organisms you don’t want in your water.
Seems simple, right? It is, but forcing the water through that screen door takes energy. To make the impurities push forwards and get caught in the screen, you need to apply pressure.
The pressure has to be more than regular osmosis’ pull on the molecules.
These special reverse osmosis filters are cross-filtered. That means the dirty stuff goes out one tube and the clean out another.
If you have a reverse osmosis system and turn on your sink, you’ll get your freshly squeezed clean water.
Unfortunately, in most cases it can be. Unless you’re lucky and your municipality is strict and punctual, things get in your water.
Or, water quality in areas goes unchecked for a long time because no one’s complained. When people do water tests at home, they easily find double some of the legal amounts of metals or chemicals.
If you’re still not sure that reverse osmosis drinking water is right for you, do a test. You can get a free water test with Purity Bay.
See how your water ranks. Is it nice and clean?
If it’s not, it’s time to talk you through your options and get your family drinking safer water ASAP.