What Does Reverse Osmosis Do?

What does reverse osmosis do, in terms of water purification? Given the popularity of this process, it’s worth reviewing. 

First, what is “reverse osmosis” (RO)? It’s a process that uses pressure to force liquids through a porous membrane, in order to screen out contaminants. The size of the pores in the membrane will determine the type of contaminants that will be removed.

It was originally designed for de-mineralization and desalination, and for both, it works very well. The industrial applications are good. Many industries require the use of de-mineralized water to prevent excessive corrosion of delicate equipment.

Another example of an industrial applications, is in the food industry. It is used juice making industry, to remove water from juices, to create concentrates. 

However, our bodies are not designed to consume de-mineralized water. Making home applications problematic.

Reverse osmosis is widely used by municipalities throughout the country, as one of several treatment steps to treat waste water and our drinking water.

However, it is not the best process for purifying water, despite manufacturers marketing hype. 

It is affective in eliminating large contaminants and is sometimes recommended to reduce the amount of lead or cysts in water, but there are safer options. The process is worthwhile, but it is only one step in several that should be utilized. 

It is also works great for reducing the sodium content in salt water, making it potable. 

The biggest problem is, it’s incapable of removing chemical contaminants, because the molecular size of such contaminants are smaller than the pores of the membrane used in a RO system. They do not remove bacteria either, so an additional disinfecting method is needed.

This process also requires proper maintenance. If not properly maintained, sediment will clog the pores of the filtering membrane, providing water that cannot even be used for making coffee.

Reverse osmosis also tends to be on the expensive side, when comparing it to other more effective, filtration systems designed for use in the home.

Traces of lead can be removed through the use of ion exchange. Reverse osmosis only reduces lead to federally allowed limits. Plus, cysts can be removed by any system certified to filter down to one micron and micron particle filters cost a lot less than RO.

Finally, RO units are expensive to purchase, install and maintain and they create gallons of waste water, which translates into higher costs while creating waste for the environment. So, it’s bad for the environment and bad for your pocket book

Now that you know a little more about how reverse osmosis, you may wish to review your alternatives. In order to be effective and remove the widest range of contaminants, a home purifier should contain multiple steps, including micron filtration, carbon and multi-media blocks and ion exchange.

To answer the question, “What does reverse osmosis do for your drinking water?”; is, nothing that another less expensive, more efficient system could not do.

Do yourself, your family and your pocket book a favor, and look beyond a reverse osmosis water filtering system for your home.

Why You Need a Home Water Filtration System!

When considering a water filtration system for your home, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “Do I really need to filter my water?” The answer is a simple and emphatic, yes! You see, the processes used by your local water treatment facility are simply not sufficient to protect the health of your family.

According to news reports and government studies, tap water originating at a public water source contains numerous contaminants that can threaten our health, despite filtered and decontaminated. Lead is one of the primary concerns, especially for your children.

The EPA has determined that within many cities around the country, residents should not drink tap water, primarily because of the presence of lead. There is no safe level of exposure to lead. It tends to accumulate in ones body and can cause birth defects, brain damage, learning disabilities and a host of other health problems. A quality home water filtration system will remove lead. Note, I said, “quality” filtration system! Shop carefully, to assure the system you decide to purchase does, in fact remove lead as well as other, microscopic contaminants.

Two of the cities sited as having specific problems with dangerous levels of lead content in their water are Washington DC and Baltimore. The source of the problem is in the distribution of the water – or the lead pipes used to transport the water. In these cases it simply doesn’t matter how well the public water filtration system works because the clean water must travel through lead pipes before reaching your home.

Flint, Michigan as we all now know, has a serious problem with lead in their water, due to an aging infrastructure.  Of course, their situation was exacerbated by the city making the fateful choice to change their supply source, without first verify the new source was safe. But their situation highlights the status of the aging infrastructures across the country.  Everybody should be leery of the safety of their drinking water. If you can, take control and invest in a complete home water filtration system. In the least, you should be filtering your drinking water. But I digress…

Most public water treatment plants sanitize the water by adding chlorine to it. Chlorine does a great job on neutralizing a lot of contaminants, but it doesn’t do a thing to lead or to the numerous chemicals readily found in our water. What is needed is a filtration system that utilizes activated carbon and specialized micron filters to remove a multitude of contaminants, rendering the water safe for drinking and for any other use around a home.

Most people consider contaminated drinking water to be a major concern, as they should. They can resolve that issue by purchasing a filtration system that can be attached to their kitchen water supply. However, a study by the FDA found the majority of homes in the United States have a detectable level of chloroform gas in the air, which is caused by showering in unfiltered tap water. Because newer homes are more tightly constructed and energy efficient, there is less airflow. This lack of fresh air, essentially traps chlorine gas in the house, just like heat is trapped in the winter and air conditioning is trapped in the in the summer.

Chlorine vapors trigger asthma and allergy attacks. When chlorine vapors transform into chloroform gas, the symptoms of exposure include unexplained headaches and dizziness. An obvious solution for this is to attach a filter to the shower, which will filter out chlorine, preventing the build up of chloroform gas your home.

No one knows for sure all the health problems that could be prevented by properly filtering our water with a quality in-home filtration system. Remember, there are over 2000 different chemicals found floating around in our tap water.  With only a few being tested for, that pure, clear water coming from your tap may be clear, but it’s likely not all that pure and could realistically be causing you and your family either immediate or long term health issues.

The water filtration system used by your local utility company will probably protect you from cholera and dysentery, but it will definitely not protect you from the dangers of lead, from cancer causing chemicals and from other health problems associated with chlorine. It’s up to you to protect your own health and that of your family.

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