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What Are the Pros and Cons of Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

Purifying their water through reverse osmosis is the water filtration system many people swear by. Reverse osmosis works by straining water through membranes using three to five stages. The membranes are so fine that they can filter the water on the molecular level. The membranes remove the larger molecules of contaminants, such as pesticides and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, and unhealthy elements, such as arsenic, cadmium, chlorine, inorganic mercury, and lead. The membranes also remove pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and protozoans, which are enormous compared to a water molecule. This leaves water that is nearly pure, but there are some costs.

Benefits of the Reverse Osmosis System

The amount of impurities that reverse osmosis takes away from drinking water gives it a clear, clean taste. On the other hand, some people don’t like the taste of overly pure water. They claim that salt and minerals such as magnesium and calcium make water taste better. Reverse osmosis filters also take away fluorides that support the health of your teeth.

Reverse Osmosis Makes Water Healthier

Because it removes contaminants, reverse osmosis makes water healthier to drink. This is especially important for people who have acute or chronic illnesses, including autoimmune diseases.

Reverse Osmosis System Can Be POU or POE

One of the benefits of a reverse osmosis system is that it can be used to purify water at a certain fixture, such as a kitchen or bathroom sink. It can also be installed at the point where the fresh water enters the house. This filters water used not only by sinks but showers, bathtubs, the washing machine, and other water-dependent appliances.

Some Reverse Osmosis Cons

Besides making water taste a little worse to some people and removing minerals that contribute to health, there are a few disadvantages to reverse osmosis. Because the water has to pass through so many stages and membranes, purifying it through a reverse osmosis system takes a longer time than pouring water into a pitcher-type filter. Because of this, you might not get as much purified water as you’d want at any given time.

System Uses a Lot of Water

One of the biggest complaints people have about the reverse osmosis system is that it uses and wastes a lot of water. This can result in high water bills. The good news is that manufacturers are working on reverse osmosis systems that waste less water.

Reverse Osmosis System Can Be Pricey to Install

A reverse osmosis system can be more expensive to install and maintain than other types of water purification systems. However, users of the system claim that its benefits make up for its costs over time.

Get in Touch With Us to Learn More About Reverse Osmosis Systems

Reverse osmosis filtration makes sure that the water that comes into your home is free of a long list of contaminants. If you’re interested in having a reverse osmosis system installed in your home, don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at Parobek Water Solutions of Austin, Texas.