How does reverse osmosis work?

A Reverse Osmosis System Being Installed.

What causes reverse osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a type of water purification process in which water is demineralized, primarily of salts, or deionized through a semipermeable membrane. Reverse osmosis requires  a high pressure pump to push the water through the membrane. The higher the concentration of salts in the water, the more pressure is needed for this type of water filtration system to work. Some cities use large reverse osmosis systems to filter water in its water supply, but individuals can also install a reverse osmosis system for their home.

Here is how reverse osmosis is caused:

  • A high pressure pump pushes water through a semi-permeable membrane.
  • The membrane filters out salts, chemicals, and other contaminants.
  • The purified water is passed through the membrane and stored in a tank for use.

Reverse osmosis systems are just one of many water filtration products offered by Oliver's Pure Water for families to improve their water quality in Aledo and Weatherford, TX. To find out more about our services, give us a call at (817) 205-6411.

What is not removed by reverse osmosis?

A water filtration system like reverse osmosis can remove an extraordinary amount of contaminants from your water such as dissolved salts, as well as lead, mercury, calcium, iron, and even asbestos, it does not remove all contaminants. Not all reverse osmosis systems remove certain pesticides and volatile organic chemicals such as chlorine and radon without the right kind of carbon filters. All of our systems use the best carbon filters to ensure your water is of top quality for you and your family.

How much water is wasted with reverse osmosis?

The amount of water that a reverse osmosis water filtration system will discharge will depend on the quality and efficiency of the system that is installed. The amount of discharge water produced will also depend on the amount of water used by the household. This water doesn’t have to go to waste. It can be collected and used in a variety of ways,including irrigation.

If you are thinking about a new landscape design, you may want to consider using your discharge water for any irrigation you might need.

What bottled water reverse osmosis?

Almost all bottled water companies use reverse osmosis to clean the water before it is bottled and sold. 

Is reverse osmosis healthy?

Drinking water that uses reverse osmosis as a water filtration system is usually healthier than drinking water straight from the tap. Reverse osmosis removes high salt content, along with contaminants like lead and chemical pesticides. The membranes used in the reverse osmosis process can also stop bacteria and viruses from getting through the system. Reverse osmosis is just one way to improve the quality of the water you drink, cook with and bathe and shower in.

Reverse osmosis with alkaline

Reverse osmosis helps filter out alkaline contaminants such as mercury and fluoride, but one of its drawbacks is that it can also reduce the amount of good alkaline products like magnesium. There are alkaline water filtration systems on the market that allow you to restore such minerals in your water. 

Reverse osmosis without tank

There are reverse osmosis systems recently come on the market that require no tank to store the water. These tankless systems can be valuable for people with less storage space available in their homes. With this type of water filtration system, the water is filtered and consumed immediately. Tankless systems work in pretty much the same way as a standard tank system. The tankless system differs from other systems in that it often has more pre-filters, including carbon filters and sediment filters. They also use multiple membranes to filter the water. These systems are also considered a little more energy efficient because the water is produced only when needed rather than stored.

While tankless systems have their advantages, they also cost a little more to install, and you’ll spend more on replacing filters. You also won’t have any water stored for future use, if needed.

A Woman Draws Purified Water From Tap.

Reverse osmosis vs. distillation

Reverse osmosis is generally a better water filtration system than distilling water. When you distill water, the distillation system will not completely remove contaminants like chlorine from the water. Any herbicides or pesticides or other organics with lower than normal boiling points also cannot be removed through the distillation process.

Distillation systems are also generally much harder to maintain than reverse osmosis systems. These systems also require electricity to operate and can often waste much more water than an RO system. Reverse osmosis systems require no electricity to operate and use just the home’s water pressure to operate.

Costs to replace parts on distillation systems are also usually more expensive than replacing those on an RO system. Some components like gaskets and o-rings need to be replaced yearly due to build-up, while the only yearly replacement costs for an RO system is for filters.

When you are looking for a quality water filtration system in Aledo and Weatherford, TX, make sure to call the water purification specialists at Oliver's Pure Water. Call us at (817) 205-6411 to learn more about our services.