Water is a crucial factor in survival, but many people don’t drink as much as they should simply because they don’t like the taste of their tap water. If you have ever tasted the water from someone’s home that had a clean, refreshing taste, it was most likely due to a reverse osmosis system. There are several different options when it comes to home water treatment, but one of the most popular and that offers the healthiest benefits is a reverse osmosis water treatment system.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Osmosis means a process in which molecules pass through a semi-permeable membrane, changing a less-concentrated solution into a solution that is more concentrated. Reverse osmosis is the opposite process, meaning the molecules are forced through a semi-permeable membrane creating a less concentrated solution; basically, the membrane works like a filter with extremely small pores that remove microscopic contaminants from the water by straining them out. In reverse osmosis drinking water systems, only the water molecules get through the membrane filter, while the contaminants are collected, then flushed away.
What Types of Water Sources Does Reverse Osmosis Treat?
This type of water treatment is ideal for most types of water, including municipal sources (tap water), saltwater and groundwater. Tap water generally comes through an infrastructure, such as a damning system or city pipes. Reverse osmosis is frequently used in tap water to reduce the hardness and/or the debris deposited in the water traveling through metal pipes. An underground reservoir is often brackish, which means it contains a large volume of salt, but not quite enough to be considered salt water. Reverse osmosis is commonly used for groundwater treatment, especially in the agriculture industry, residential use and the mining industry.
What Does Reverse Osmosis Remove from Water?
Reverse osmosis removes a wide range of harmful toxins from your drinking water, including sodium, which means drinking reverse osmosis water is highly beneficial for those with kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure and any sodium restrictions. Other harmful stuff removed includes:
- Nitrates and nitrites
- Total dissolved solids
Many people find that the lead, nitrates, iron and sulfur-based compounds that are often found in tap water make it almost unbearable to drink. Removing these substances through reverse osmosis can give drinking water a fresher, cleaner taste. Buying bottled water is expensive and time-consuming, so one of the benefits of a reverse osmosis system is that you may save time and money compared to buying bottled water.
To learn more about the benefits of reverse osmosis water systems, contact Tyler Mountain Water today.