You may have heard about reverse osmosis before, but the reason I am writing about it in this article is because lately we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about these systems. Reverse osmosis is not a new technology but recently has gained a lot of popularity. The system was government funded years ago to filter sea water, since then the system has become modernized and made applicable to most homes and facilities. We hope that after reading this full article you will have a better understanding of how reverse osmosis systems work and how they may benefit you.
There are several reasons for the popularity of filtration systems. One of the biggest reasons filtration systems have become more common today is because it is cost effective. The prices vary in systems depending on how much water you need to filter but in most cases installing a filtration system is more cost effective than buying already filtered water. Another good reason is that filtration systems are considered to be green. By installing a filtration system at your property, you help cut down on waste (because not everyone recycles) and processing pollution that takes place to get you bottled water. The last reason I could think of for the big trend in water filtration systems is that recently it has been reported that chemicals from plastic water bottles leach into the water contained in the bottles. There are studies that show a dangerous carcinogen known as Bisphenol A(BPA)to be present in most of the plastic that bottles drinking water. Not all plastics contains BPA and the amount of BPA in plastic bottles are minimal but it is still a scary thought.
Since we installed a osmosis filtration system at our work facility we know a little about how it works. In simplest terms Reverse Osmosis is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts) are removed from a solution (such as water). This is accomplished by household water pressure pushing the tap water through a semi permeable membrane. The membrane (which is about as thick as cellophane) allows only the water to pass through, not the impurities or contaminates. These impurities and contaminates are flushed down the drain. The process is fairly simple and the product seems to be getting better and more efficient as time goes on. Now you are probably wondering about the installation. The installation is also very simple and does not require much. Most systems fit under sinks and are connected to your fixtures. In some cases, for higher demand, the systems are placed in storage closets. Typical installations are between one and three hours, depending on the size.