The adult human body is made up of 50-60 percent water. Here in the desert, drinking water is a vital part of our survival. The arid climate requires us to drink three times more water than people living in other parts of the world.
The use of bottled water has risen dramatically in the past few years. With the cost and global impact of plastic water bottles, many people are searching for a better way to get quality drinking water directly through their tap. A reverse osmosis system purifies your water, making it safer to drink and taste great. By removing ions, unwanted molecules and larger particles from your water, reverse osmosis produces clean water by filtering your tap water through a semi-permeable membrane.
How does a reverse-osmosis filtration system work?
A reverse osmosis system forces water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. That sounds really technical, but is actually simple — the process forces your water through a very fine screen that will only allow hydrogen and oxygen through, leaving everything else behind, including any residue from your household water lines.
The filtration system is a combination of different filters doing specific jobs. The first filter in the system is a 5 micron sediment filter. To put 5 microns into perspective, a human hair is about 50 microns thick. The human eye cannot see anything smaller than 30 microns. The next filter (or two, depending on your system) could be any variety of carbon filtration. It can be a granular activated carbon filter (GAC,) a carbon block filter (CBC,) or some combination thereof. These filters remove the chlorine and organic contaminants from the water. After that, the water moves on to the membrane.
The membrane is the heart of the system. It does the very fine filtering. It can’t handle large amounts of chlorine or organic contaminants, so these must be removed by the carbon filter before they reach the membrane. Water goes through the membrane and then into the storage tank where it waits until you're ready to use it. When you call for water, it leaves the tank and goes through a post- or polishing filter. This filter's job is to catch any objectionable tastes or odors the water may have picked up from being in the tank. Finally, the water comes out of the faucet above the sink and into your glass.
What should I consider when choosing a Reverse Osmosis system?
There are a few things we help you consider when searching for the right system for your home:
A reverse osmosis system is comprised of a tank, filters, and tubing. It takes up considerable room in an already limited space under the sink. Some compact models can be neatly edged against a side wall; others are larger and monopolize the area. This can mean a tight squeeze when fitting one into the crowded space under your sink. There are compact models that require less room, but also provide less water. We can discuss this with you when we are showing you options.
Reverse osmosis systems do require filter changes. Some systems have more filters than others. The cost of filters can also differ between systems and brands. Others can require change more frequently. We know all the differences, and will share our knowledge with you when we discuss your specific needs.
Not all RO systems are equipped to maintain well water. There are varieties that can handle both, but most are primarily suited for municipal water. If your property uses well water we can still provide you with a suitable option.
Gallons Per Day
The amount of water a reverse osmosis system produces per day is measured in gallons per day, or GPD. The typical system puts out 24 GPD, though some can reach 100 GPD. Bear in mind that a product’s GPD is an average or approximation.
Reasons to choose Camcor for your Reverse Osmosis system replacement and service:
- We guarantee fast, honest service with well-trained professionals
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- We are licensed, bonded, and insured
- We have an A+ rating with the BBB
- Honest, up-front pricing — we never "add on," or charge for estimates
- We want you to make informed decisions; we will educate you about reverse osmosis and why it may be the best system for you
- We will never offer "today only" pricing and do not engage in high-pressure sales
- Please call us today for answers to your questions and to discuss your options and pricing