APR 17, 2014

Fresh water is surprisingly scarce on a planet that 70 percent covered by good old H2O. The problem with most of the Earth’s water is, of course, that it is too salty to drink or to use in agriculture. The problem with tap water is that it contains too many impurities to make it palatable or safe for your family to drink. The answer to this problem is a reverse osmosis system.

Just What is Reverse Osmosis?

You may have heard of osmosis in a high school science class—it is the process by which molecules pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution to a more concentrated solution. Reverse osmosis works much the same way – in reverse. These systems use pressure to force additives, minerals and other impurities out of water by passing it through a thin membranous filter. Reverse osmosis requires a few special tools:

  • A fine membrane – A reverse osmosis water filter usually consists of tubes that contain special filters consisting of extremely fine membranes. These membranes only let small H20 molecules through and keep other contaminants back.
  • Pressure – In order for water to be purified in a reverse osmosis system, it must be forced through the fine filter. This is unlike more common gravity-fed water filter systems.
  • Storage tank – Reverse osmosis can take a while to complete, so it is best to use treated water only for cooking and drinking. The storage tank containing clean water can be hooked up to sinks and taps.

To learn more about installing a reverse osmosis system in your home, contact a plumber in your area. With the help of a little science, you can enjoy clean, pure water that is free from even the smallest pollutants. Call (602) 870-6840 today for product details and pricing on the quality reverse osmosis systems available from Donley Service Center.