Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis water filtration systems are the pinnacle of water treatment. Reverse osmosis systems rely on pressure and a semi-permeable membrane to remove unwanted minerals and contaminants from your water supply. Water that has been cycled thru the membrane may continue through supplemental filters to remove additional minerals and polish the water for great taste. Reverse osmosis can be confused with distilled water but the process used to purify water is very different between reverse osmosis and distillation.

What is a Reverse Osmosis System?

Reverse osmosis is a water filtration method used to remove mineral compounds, bacteria and other materials from your water supply. This is the process used to make bottled water and all water that is used in soft drinks. Reverse osmosis uses pressure to push water thru a semi-permeable membrane to filter out minerals and organics. The water that passes through the membrane are typically upto 99.9% free of contaminants. Because of this ratio, home reverse osmosis systems employ additional filters.  The most common type of home reverse osmosis system is called an “under the counter” system. This system connects directly to your water supply under the kitchen sink. The water will pass thru multiple filters to achieve purification and is delivered from a separate faucet in the kitchen sink. The filtered water is stored in a holding tank while the remaining minerals and bacteria are carried away to either be recycled back into the water or sent down a drain.

What does reverse osmosis remove from the water?

Reverse osmosis can remove any molecular compound smaller in size than a water molecule. Compounds smaller than water include salt, manganese, iron, fluoride, lead and calcium. Other contaminants that R.O. systems remove are; barium, arsenic, chromium, copper, cyst, lead, nitrates, nitrites, radium 226/228, selenium and total dissolved solids (TDS), chlorine & chloramine, pesticides, detergents, sulfates and bacteria.

Is reverse osmosis water the same as distilled water?

Both reverse osmosis and distilled waters remove chemicals from the water. However, the process they use to accomplish their task is very different rendering reverse osmosis water and distilled water very different products. Distilled water removes chemicals from water by using evaporation and not a semi-permeable membrane. This means that only chemicals and molecular compounds with a higher boiling point than water will be removed. Items with a higher boiling point include some bacteria, minerals, trace amounts of metals and volatile organic chemicals and nitrate. Neither process is selective in the minerals it removes from water. Because of this, both processes remove water of dangerous and valuable mineral compounds.
Contact Koegel Plumbing & Heating Solutions, LLC today at (320)766-6767 if you are looking for a way to reverse out any compounds from your water.

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