Anyone should be knowledgeable about what’s in their water. Unfortunately, many Americans take safe drinking water for granted until they realize they’re diagnosed with lead contamination from tap water.
But what’s in it?
The thing is that we’ll never truly know unless we buy bottled water or have our water tested. American water suppliers are required to uphold a certain level of quality by the government, still, the violations remain rampant.
We’ll never know if lead, chlorine or any other harmful compounds lurk in the tap. Good quality water is essential to our survival and daily operations, and reverse osmosis can help maintain its superb quality.
Here we’ll check out what a reverse osmosis system is, and discover the perks of having one in your home.
What is A Reverse Osmosis System
Reverse osmosis systems are the finest filtration you can get to remove contaminants and other harmful substances from your water. But what exactly is it?
Reverse osmosis is the process of extracting fresh, clean drinking water from unfiltered water using pressure through a semipermeable membrane. What this means is that tap water (higher contamination level) is forced through a filter to produce clean water.
The freshwater extracted is referred to as permeate, while the leftover liquid filled with contaminants is called brine or waste.
In case you’re wondering, the semi-permeable membrane is the substance that filters the water. It has small pores or holes that allow pure water molecules to pass through while blocking contaminants behind.
What Contaminants Does An R.O. System Remove?
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, there are contaminants that water treatment technologies like R.O. systems prevent:
- Chemical contaminants including chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, copper and lead
- Volatile Organic Compounds like tetrachloroethylene, PCE and MTBE
- Viruses like hepatitis A, norovirus and rotavirus
- Bacteria like coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Shigella
- Protozoa like Cryptosporidium and Giardia
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Physical sediments
Reasons To Install a Reverse Osmosis System
1. Your drinking water will go from good to great
Have you ever wondered why some different waters taste different? Some are A-okay, others taste like the nectar of the gods, while others are just plain bad. One reason behind this could be the high concentration of TDS or total dissolved solids. Another angle to look at are the copper sediments from your possibly aged copper plumbing.
Water filtered using reverse osmosis has a very clean taste to it. The reason is that sediments that cause the salty, bitter or milky taste are removed.
2. You get to concoct the best-tasting tea and coffee
Sometimes the difference between a good coffee and a best-tasting one isn’t the coffee grounds per se. It’s the water.
Chlorine and other minerals found in tap water affect the coffee’s overall flavor, giving them an off-putting taste. On the other hand, The Roasterie Coffee Company says R.O. water will not only taste good but improve your cup of joe.
3. You experience convenience like no other
Some people are compelled to buy a bunch and stock up on water bottles because of the tap water’s quality. With an R.O. system at your disposal, there’s no longer a need for those. You can simply get one of those Nalgene tumblers, put some ice and fill it up with R.O. water. You get the same healthy and fresh-tasting goodness as commercially bought liquids.
4. You keep your homecooked meals safe
Tap water is chemically imbalanced and can have adverse effects when used to wash or cook food. Moreover, hard water (unfiltered and contaminated water) can affect the cooking process. These undesirable chemicals like chlorine and fluoride can seep through the food and enter the body upon consumption.
Reverse osmosis water eliminates or significantly reduces this risk. Keeping food safe and clean for the family.
If you need a Reverse Osmosis system set up for your home or business, give Wisler Plumbing and Air a call at 540-483-9382.