Water treatment services are needed frequently in homes and businesses. Purifying, softening, and filtering the water removes harsh minerals and chemicals, which results in better tasting, smelling, and improved water use. Depending on the specifics of your water, dictates which water treatments are ideal for you. Many require the use of water softening because of the excessive minerals making the water hard, which strain on the plumbing, cleaning results look poor, and even your skin and hair takes a toll. Other systems, like reverse osmosis, purify the drinking water and today, we at AAA Water Team would like to get a little more into understanding reverse osmosis.
How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?
A semi-permeable membrane filters impurities out of the water is how reverse osmosis purifies drinking water. Pressure forces water through the membrane as it leaves behind any particles that are larger than water molecules. Lead, fluoride and bacteria in addition to other undesirable contaminants are effectively eliminated. With the impurities taken from the water, it is left clean, smelling fresher and tasting better.
What is Removed By Reverse Osmosis
For good reason, some people are deeply concerned with what is contained in their community tap water. To reduce the occurrence of cavities, in many cities recently have added fluoride, but it has been shown to have negative health effects. Through older water pipes lead is often present in water that travels in addition to the other contaminates. Lead is a very dangerous element to ingest over extended periods of time. Along with various other potential hazardous contaminants such as bacteria and arsenic as reverse osmosis’s highly efficient filters out fluoride and lead out of water.
Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water is Good
Reverse osmosis improves the taste of water for many by cleaning it of unwanted chemicals or debris, though taste is subjective. Because they are designed with simplicity, the systems are relatively low maintenance and with fewer parts to care for, the systems are relatively low maintenance and the need for repairs is also lower in comparison to other water treatment systems. Over time, a reverse osmosis purifying water system will have a return on the investment and in the long run, you will save money avoiding buying the water bottles.
Reverse Osmosis System Stages
Reverse osmosis has the pre-filter stage where the larger particles including scale, silt, and rust are removed to extend the life of the system and to allow the semi-permeable membrane to do its part with the finer particles. The next stage is when the reverse osmosis membrane permits the hydrogen and oxygen to pass through microscopic pores. The remaining fragments that were too small for the initial filter are contained and flushed through the drain for removal. Finally, the purified water is stored after it flows from the membrane into the holding tank, ready for you when you activate the faucet. Before the water is dispensed, it hits one last filter where the activated carbon filter removes any lasting impurities to ensure the water tastes great and smells fresh; offering maximum level of clean water.