If you’ve had enough of the bad taste and/or odor of your water, it’s natural to look for a solution. Buying bottled water is a poor alternative; the quality is no better, it’s expensive, and you have to store all those bottles somewhere. It is possible to get cleaner and fresher water directly from your tap if you install a reverse osmosis (RO) system. But, if you’re unfamiliar with RO, it’s likely that you have some questions. In this article, we will answer the five most commonly asked questions about RO water filtration.
- How Does a RO Work?
The RO filtration process involves no chemicals. The filtration occurs when the incoming water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane under pressure. The membrane pores are tiny, and they can remove a wide variety of contaminants. This process takes time, so the filtered water is stored in a tank ready for use. A carbon filtration stage occurs before and after the filtration to further improve the quality.
- What Does RO Remove?
The RO membrane pores only allow water molecules to pass through, leaving other materials on the surface. These contaminants are flushed away periodically to maintain the efficiency of the RO filtration system. The RO filtration can remove contaminants, such as arsenic, lead, chromium, selenium, fluoride, copper, nitrates, nitrites, radium, cadmium, cryptosporidium, total dissolved solids (TDS), and many more. The RO system will also remove sodium (salt) which is added to the water with an ion-exchange water softener. A carbon pre-filter will remove any chlorine or chloramine added as a disinfectant by your water treatment plant.
- Does RO Water Have a Distinct Taste?
Pure water has no distinct flavor or odor, which requires an adjustment for many people. When you taste water, you’re actually tasting the dissolved materials that it contains. Taste is subjective; some people like RO water, and if you don’t like the taste of your unfiltered water now, you may prefer RO filtered water. If you use RO water in your favorite beverages, the true taste will shine through. Many people spice up the taste of RO water with fruit infusions, or you could add a little pink salt.
- Is RO Water Good for Cooking?
Absolutely! Once the contaminants have been removed, you will notice that your cooking results improve. Many contaminants and hard water can affect the taste of food cooked in that water. The presence of dissolved minerals can even affect the results of baking, making the dough hard and rubbery.
- Is RO Water Safe for Pets and Plants?
Pets can safely drink RO water, and it’s a great option because it doesn’t contain many contaminants that could harm their health. If you have an aquarium, you can use RO water as your starting point because it’s easy to adjust for your fish. RO water is not the best option for houseplants because they are accustomed to absorbing groundwater which contains nutrients and dissolved minerals.
If you want to install a RO system in your home, contact your local certified water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.