Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that uses a semi-permeable membrane to filter out unwanted contaminants and particles such as dirt, pesticides, chlorine and more. This semi-permeable membrane allows water to flow through it, but prevents larger molecules and contaminants from passing through.
RO is a multi-step process. What is this process?
- Water passes through prefiltration. This is where particles such as dirt, sand, etc are removed from the water.
- Carbon filtration takes care of any bad tastes or odors in your water.
- The water then passes through a reverse osmosis membrane to eliminate any remaining dissolved particles.
- The water has passed through the main filter components, so now it will sit in a storage tank until you turn your faucet on again. Before the water comes out of the faucet, it will pass through the postfilter to polish off your drinking water.
Your recommended treatment plan is subject to your specific water! Some treatment plans require additional processes or chemicals to target a combination of water quality issues. Because of this, Suburban Water Technology’s water specialists’ first step is to test your water and determine what water quality issues are occurring.
Reverse osmosis systems are installed at a point of use like your kitchen sink or bathroom. This water treatment option is typically not a whole-home solution. For this reason, RO systems and water softeners are a commonly combined treatment plan. The RO unit will target your drinking water, while the water softener will work to take care of hard water issues throughout your home.
RO will provide you with clean and crisp drinking water! This low energy method essentially removes everything from your water that is not water. This results in some of the best tasting water right from your tap!
Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Systems
There are many benefits to having a reverse osmosis system on your property.
- Unrivaled treatment method when it comes to removing impurities from water
- Cost effective treatment option
- Bad tastes and odors in water is reduced
- Maintenance friendly
- No hazardous chemicals
- Removes many contaminants like fluoride, chlorines, pesticides, mercury, etc.
Maintaining Your Reverse Osmosis System
Your RO machine should be serviced around every 6-12 months. How often you need routine maintenance depends on your usage. The company who installed your water treatment machine can easily perform this service. Suburban Water Technology is equipped to handle any maintenance needed on your reverse osmosis system.
Commercial Reverse Osmosis Units
Our team of water experts specialize in completely custom built Commercial RO Purification Systems. We will install the required equipment and provide you with any necessary training or instructions as needed. We offer maintenance agreements to our commercial reverse osmosis customers, so no maintenance is required from the customer!
RO systems start at 150 gallons per day to 10,000+ gallons a day. This treatment option is common for hospitals, schools, hotels, and many other facilities. When it comes to treating industrial wastewater, reverse osmosis is one of the greenest solutions you can choose!
Reverse Osmosis for Well Water
If your drinking water is provided through your private well, then a reverse osmosis system is a great way to ensure the water you’re consuming is safe. Your RO system will remove chemical contaminants and bacteria, often found in well water. Read our previous blog to learn more about common well water issues!
Is Reverse Osmosis the Right Water Treatment Method for You?
The only way to determine what water treatment method is correct for you is to first have your water tested. This will determine what is currently present in your water. The company you choose may go with one treatment option or more depending on the issues present.
At Suburban Water Technology, we specialize in various water treatment methods for residential properties, commercial facilities, well water, and industrial protection. We service many areas across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Contact us to speak with one of our experts and learn more about our services!