11 Jun 2018

What is Reverse Osmosis?

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Reverse Osmosis – What Is It?

 

Chances are you’ve heard of reverse osmosis (or R.O. for short). There’s also a good chance you have no idea what R.O. is or how it works. Thankfully, C&J Water Treatment Co. of Indianapolis is here to break it all down for you!

 

What Reverse Osmosis Does

 

R.O. systems filter water – they just do a better job at it than many other water filtration systems, especially when it comes to removing most inorganic materials, such as salt, chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates, etc. That is what makes reverse osmosis so effective for homes with brackish water or where fertilizers and other agricultural runoff can affect the local drinking water supply.

 

How Reverse Osmosis Works

 

R.O. systems force water at high pressure through a very fine membrane, which allows water molecules to squeeze through but not much else. On the clean side of the membrane, the system collects the clean water and sends it to your tap. On the “dirty” side of the membrane, the system automatically flushes the collected contaminants down your drain.

 

Most R.O. systems actually involve several filtration stages, including a pre-filter stage that removes heavier materials such as sediment and turbidity, a carbon stage that removes chemicals which may damage the membrane, a post-filter stage that helps remove tastes and odors, and a remineralization stage that adds healthy minerals such as calcium and magnesium back into your drinking water while also balancing its pH.

 

Pros & Cons of Reverse Osmosis

 

Some of the pros to R.O. filtration include higher quality, safer, and better tasting tap water. They are also more efficient at removing contaminants than many other systems on the market today. R.O. systems are low maintenance and do not rely on electricity, so even if your home loses power your drinking water won’t suffer. They are also user-friendly and don’t require a lot of moving parts or take up a lot of space.

 

One of the biggest cons of R.O. is the wastewater they tend to produce. Some dirty water remains on one side of the membrane, and this water is typically sent down the drain. However, there are pumps and other add-on components that can help minimize or completely eliminate wasted water. If you are interested in learning more about these systems and the various options available for your home, contact the team at C&J Water Treatment.

 

Why You Should Consider Reverse Osmosis at Home

 

If your household wants to eliminate odors and contaminants from your water supply, and you want the highest quality, “better than the bottle” drinking water available, then reverse osmosis might be for you. Even if you rely on treated municipal water instead of a well, you never fully know what comes out of your tap. A home R.O. system adds an additional strong layer of security and is guaranteed to remove lead, fluoride, and other components that sometimes make it through the citywide water treatment process.

 

Compare a reverse osmosis system with your home’s current water filtration system and find out which one works best for you and your family. Talk to C&J Water Treatment Co. in Indianapolis to get started!