Many people are unhappy with the taste or smell of the tap water supplied to their homes. Buying bottled water is inconvenient, and it takes up a lot of storage space in the home. Having a water filter pitcher is a possible solution, but it doesn’t remove a lot of contaminants. The ideal solution would be to have access to cleaner and fresher water directly from the faucet. The best way to do this is to install an RO water filtration system, and here we will answer five commonly asked RO questions.

1. How Does an RO System Work?

RO is a water treatment method that passes the incoming water containing dissolved materials through a semipermeable membrane. The membrane will only allow water molecules to pass through; other materials are left behind on the surface and then flushed away. There is a carbon filtration stage before and after the membrane filter, and this results in a cleaner and fresher water for drinking and cooking.

2. What Contaminants Can RO Remove?

The RO semi-permeable membrane is extremely effective at removing a wide variety of contaminants found in our drinking water supplies. The tiny pores in the surface can even remove the trace amounts of sodium introduced by a water softener during the ion exchange process. Many other contaminants are also removed, such as lead, chromium, fluoride, selenium, total dissolved solids (TDS), arsenic, barium, selenium, nitrates, nitrites, cadmium, and cryptosporidium. The carbon pre-filtration system will also remove any chlorine, so you can say goodbye to that “swimming pool” taste that you get from municipal water.

3. What is the Taste of RO Drinking Water?

It’s hard to imagine for many people, but the water that many of us are used to drinking doesn’t really taste much like water should. When water is drunk in a purer form it has virtually no flavor or odor, the “taste” of water that we drink is often dictated by the materials dissolved in it. People will have diverse opinions on how drinking water should taste, but studies have shown that families often drink more water after an RO system has been installed in their home.

4. Can You Cook with RO Water?

Absolutely! When you cook with RO water, you’re using a medium where the impurities have been removed. When you cook with water that contains chlorine or other contaminants, it will affect the flavors of your food. In fact, dissolved minerals in your water can even affect how your baking rises. Any food cooked in water, such as pasta, dried beans, and rice, tastes better. Many people that switch to RO water find that coffee and tea taste far better without the contaminants.

5. Can I Install an RO System?

It is possible to purchase an RO system from a big box store and then attempt to install it yourself. This can be fraught with difficulties; a water treatment professional will understand better how an RO system can affect your plumbing systems. The distance between the faucet and the holding tank is important, and your home water pressure can be a major factor. When your RO system is professionally configured, it will work more efficiently, and it will be easier to maintain.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.