We need clean water for drinking, cooking, preparing food and other essential tasks. One of the best ways to thoroughly clean water is to install a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system. This is a multi-stage filter with a semi-permeable membrane filter at its core with extremely tiny pores. The incoming water is placed under pressure to force it through the filter membrane and the purified water is stored for later use. But, during this process virtually all contaminants are removed and that includes the mineral content. In this article, we will explore this topic in more detail to help you make informed choices.
Why is this a Problem?
The final stage of a RO filtration system is a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter to restore some character to the water. When water is stripped of its minerals, it can lack the taste that most people prefer when they drink water. Although it is true that some minerals in water can be beneficial for health, in reality this is not a major factor. Why? Well, the uptake of these minerals in this format is extremely inefficient and we tend to get most of our health minerals from our food intake. Minerals that have been absorbed in plants via the roots are much easier to absorb when they are ingested as food or in supplements. So, the main reason to remineralize drinking water is the taste, but drinking some extra healthy minerals should be considered to be an added bonus.
Is RO Filtration Really Necessary?
Yes. Both private well water and municipal water users would benefit from a RO filter. Although public water is disinfected to a basic standard with chlorine or chloramine treatment there are still contaminants that can represent a health threat. There is always a risk of human error and breaks in the water delivery network can allow contaminants to enter. If your home is connected to a private well, you are entirely responsible for the health and safety of the water.
The Health Benefits of Added Minerals
The uptake of minerals may be low, but there are some health benefits that are associated with mineral rich water. The pH scale ranges from 0-14 with acidic fluids at the lower end and the alkaline fluids at the upper end. Pure water is pH level 7 which is considered to be neutral on the scale. The presence of dissolved minerals makes the water slightly alkaline which is approximately 8-9 pH. In the last decade, a number of health experts have been encouraging people to drink alkaline water to improve their health. Some of the reported health benefits are blood cholesterol reduction, easier blood sugar management for diabetics, improved blood flow after exercise, lowering blood pressure, a lessened risk of acid reflux, improved skin and hair, support for the immune system, and more. But, at this time there isn’t much scientific support proving that drinking water is good for health and that it has anti-aging properties.
If you are considering a RO filtration and remineralization system for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.