What is reverse osmosis?
It is a process that uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane. When you’re talking about hard water using reverse osmosis will force your hard water through a membrane allowing softened water to pass through to the other side while keeping the hard minerals separate and out of your drinking water.
How does reverse osmosis work?
Your water flows through a pre filter which removes dirt and small particles then it goes through a carbon filter which removes any organic contaminants like chlorine then it goes through the reverse osmosis membrane this allows pure water to pass through while keeping material like sodium and calcium out. The pure water is stored in a tank until needed. When you turn on your faucet in the house this purified water is forced through a final carbon filter before it comes out of your faucet.
What is the best RO system?
It depends on your needs. Not all systems offer the same features. Five stage units are good for city water. Other systems are highly efficient and are best for water conservation. Finally some units are designed to be low maintenance.
Someone told me reverse osmosis is the same as distilled water is this true?
No, the processes are different yet both reduce the solids in your drinking water. Reverse osmosis filters the water through a very specialized semi permeable membrane. Distilled water occurs when the water is boiled, the steam collected, condensed, and the resulting water collected. In distilled water most impurities are left behind after boiling if you purchase a cheap unit it may not have a carbon filter and therefore will not be effective.
I heard it distilled water was the purest is this not true?
Distilled water will have less sodium however; it is not as effective as removing volatile chemicals like chloramines. Many cities use chloramines now instead of chlorine as a disinfectant in water treatment plants. Reverse osmosis does a better job than distillers at removing chloramines.
I heard ro units waste water is this true?
RO units will typically use a little extra water similar to two or three extra toilet flushes per day, you probably won’t even notice it on your water bill.
How much will it cost to run a reverse osmosis unit each year?
Depending on the efficiency of the model you choose you will typically pay less than 30¢ per day. Annually, you will have to replace the filters. As well, the reverse osmosis membrane we’ll have to be replaced after 2 to 5 years of use.
I have low water pressure; can I still use a ro system?
It depends, the ideal pressure for operating a reverse osmosis system is 60 PSI if your water pressure is below 40 PSI you may have problems. You can, however, install a pressure booster pump. Do not overlook low water pressure as an issue it will cause reduced production and premature degradation of the RO membrane.
I want my ice cubes to be pure; can the reverse osmosis system be connected to my refrigerator?
It is possible if you can connect the RO unit to the refrigerator with ¼ inch tube. Before connecting the unit to your refrigerator check the manufacturer’s guide, the incoming pressure from the unit will only be about 2/3 of what was originally flowing to the refrigerator.
How long does a reverse osmosis system last?
RO units will last decades if they are properly maintained and serviced regularly. Replace the filters annually and the membrane every 2 to 5 years depending on how hard your water is.
I read that these systems won’t remove chlorine is that true?
It is true that the membrane does it remove chlorine however the filters that are in the reverse osmosis unit will remove chlorine.
I heard ro units remove essential minerals from the drinking water is this true?
These units remove about 95% of the mineral content of your water. However humans get most of their minerals from food rather than water.
Does my reverse osmosis unit need to be connected to electricity to run?
These units run on water pressure. Unless you have low water pressure and need to add a pressure boost pump you will not need electricity.
Are reverse osmosis systems popular?
Yes you can in fact the minerals that a water softener is best at removing, calcium and magnesium are two of the hardest minerals for the ro membrane to remove. Since a water softener adds sodium to your water this is effectively removed by the reverse osmosis system. In essence, these two units work hand in hand to give you extremely pure, tasty water.Yes, they are typically low maintenance, produce great tasting water, and operate at a reasonable cost, when comparing bottled water prices.