Reverse osmosis, also known as hyperfiltration, is a process that involves tap water being pushed through a semipermeable membrane with a pressure that allows small water molecules to pass through while holding back larger molecules like dissolved minerals (such as salt).
The pressure used to force the water through the membrane effectively holds back impurities in the water, separating pure tap water from all other substances that may have previously been there.
Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective methods for treating your drinking water. Installing an RO system means getting a virtually limitless supply of cleaner, safer, better-tasting water while also having a positive environmental impact and reducing your household expenses.
In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of using a RO system to treat your municipal well water.
RO is Highly Effective at Removing Contaminants leading to Safer, Cleaner Water
From sediments to contaminants, there are a number of substances in your water that could have negative effects, ranging from unpleasant smells and tastes to negative impacts on your health in the long run.
Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective methods for filtering your water. Methods such as charcoal filtration can’t remove certain contaminants, and even boiling water will remove bacteria but not other contaminants. RO, on the other hand, can remove as much as 98% of contaminants from drinking water.
The contaminants in unfiltered water, such as chlorine or excess minerals, can negatively affect the smell and taste of your water supply. A reverse osmosis system will remove contaminants from the water, mitigating these problems. This means you benefit from:
- Clean drinking water straight from the tap.
- The water won’t negatively affect the taste of your food (pasta, soups, and other recipes).
- Your coffee, tea, lemonade, and juices won’t be affected by bad-tasting water.
- You can fill reusable bottles with clean water as often as you need for hydration on the go.
Looking at purification processes like distillation, the user experience may be lacking. Distillation requires considerable input from the user; you always need to be conscious of the process because you need to refill the tank to keep up with your household use.
RO filters, however, connect directly to your faucet, so you have clean drinking water whenever you need it. Under-sink RO systems treat water and store it in a large tank, so you can use it as needed, but there are also tankless configurations that treat water on the spot so that you don’t have to wait for high-quality water.
Eliminate The Need For Single-Use Water
Single-use water bottles can definitely be convenient, especially if you are on the move and are looking for a quick way to quench your thirst with filtered water. However, this can be taxing on both your wallet and the environment.
Climate activists focus largely on plastic pollution in the ocean, and for good reason. According to Plastic Oceans, half of all plastic that is produced each year (380 million tons) is for single-use purposes, 10 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans each year (more than a garbage truck load per minute), and less than 9% of all plastic gets recycled. These are scary statistics with huge implications for the planet, and they are only getting worse, so we all need to do our part in reducing plastic pollution.
A reverse osmosis system offers a convenient and sustainable solution to your filtered drinking water needs. Mitigating your use of single-use plastics with a RO system not only saves you money and reduces your contribution to plastic pollution, but it also lowers your overall carbon footprint as well because extra resources won’t need to be used for packaging and shipping your drinking water. Reverse osmosis systems don’t use electricity either, so they are also energy efficient.
If you are used to buying bottled water, you may be surprised by how much cheaper it is to filter your water supply at home. With a RO system in your home, you have access to clean water around the clock, meaning fewer trips to the store and less money spent on single-use water bottles or refillable pitchers.
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