If there’s one thing that’s true of every human on the planet, it’s that we need air to breathe, nutritious food to eat, and pure, clean drinking water. If you don’t stay hydrated, you’re going to have various health problems, and you can’t go through life drinking nothing but juice, soft drinks, coffee, etc.
Every person and family needs a way to access potable water in their home. There are several ways you can have that, but the reverse osmosis water filtration system is one that perhaps not enough people understand. We’ll discuss that option today so you can have some idea about whether it would make sense for you to install one.
What Exactly is a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?
A reverse osmosis system is one of a few potable drinking water options you can own. Others include:
- Filtration pitchers
- Refrigerator filtration systems
If you install a filtration system in your refrigerator, or if you get yourself a pitcher from Brita or a similar company, that is a drip-through system. The water runs through a carbon filter, and periodically, you have to switch out the filter to continue getting the clean water you want.
These filters catch some impurities as the water goes through them, and you could say they are relatively effective. However, there are some impurity classes that these filters do not remove.
A reverse osmosis system removes many more impurities, and that’s why this system is probably what you want to consider if you’re ready to get really clean drinking water right in your home. The difference is the membrane the reverse osmosis filter uses that isn’t present with the other options we mentioned.
The Osmosis Filter Difference
During the reverse osmosis filter process:
- The filter stops ions and larger molecules
- Only the smallest of water molecules make it through successfully
This system pressurizes the fluid as it passes through the filter’s membrane. That membrane does catch impurities in a similar way a pitcher or fridge setup does.
However, with the reverse osmosis system, the solvent and water pass freely through to the membrane’s lower pressure side. At that point, there are some differences, depending on which system you have.
The filtration threshold will have different tolerances. You have the option, depending on which one you purchased, to create mineral water that retains some naturally occurring minerals. At the same time, you are removing contaminants.
It is in this way that you get the finished product: flavor-free water that’s purer than the other alternatives with which most people are familiar.
How Does a Reverse Osmosis System Work in the Home?
If you go ahead and install a reverse osmosis system, you can more effectively get rid of many contaminants that you do not want to consume under any circumstances. Say goodbye to arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, and fluoride. You can also reduce lead, nitrates, radium, selenium, and turbidity.
While the other systems we mentioned get rid of some of those, neither one comes close to eliminating the impurities like a reverse osmosis system. You have to use and maintain the system as the manufacturer directs, but you can learn how to do so quite easily.
The systems generally cost no more than a few hundred dollars to install. You can either call a plumber to hook it up for you, or you can save some money by doing it yourself if you know a little bit about plumbing. There are several YouTube videos that will show you how to do it, and it shouldn’t take more than a single afternoon.
Do Reverse Osmosis Systems Produce Waste Water?
The reverse osmosis system does produce waste water, but a very reasonable amount. What you want is to be sure and buy through a company that does not claim to be “zero waste.”
What these companies do is use an electric pump to do something with the waste water. Typically, they circulate it back into your system, which wears out your components quickly.
The other thing they might do is push the concentrated water waste into the hot water line, so it will end up on your hands when you turn on the hot water tap. You want a company that can give you a non-electric permeate pump upgrade.
That will reduce your water waste significantly. If you’re unsure which pump to get or which company to use, do some research before you get one for your home.