What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse Osmosis (RO) is state-of-the-art water treatment. In the 1950′s, the U.S. Government developed Reverse Osmosis for desalinating sea water. Reverse Osmosis is the most efficient way to filter water. Osmosis is a natural process, known for over 200 years, on which reverse osmosis systems are based. The walls of living cells are natural membranes. This means that the membrane is selective, some materials can pass through, others cannot.
Reverse Osmosis Operation
The general operation of all RO modules is the same. The feed stream is supplied to the membrane and split into the permeate which has diffused through the membrane, and the concentrate which passes over the membrane, carrying away the minerals to waste. The heart of a Reverse Osmosis System is the membrane. This high-tech membrane is capable of filtering 0.0001 micron particles from your water. By the time water has run through our Reverse Osmosis system, it’s virtually free from all contaminates.
Servicing your Drinking Water System
We recommend that your drinking water system be serviced once a year to insure proper filtration and longevity. Changing the filters and sanitizing the system is part of the process. Service to the membrane of the unit only needs to take place every 3– 5 years if the yearly maintenance is kept up.
Types of Systems
There are several styles of water treatment devices available on the market today. The most common styles are listed below, along with a brief description of each.
Point-of-Entry (POE) System
These systems typically treat most of the water entering a residence. Point-of-entry systems, or whole-house systems, are usually installed after the water meter. (Water meters are usually located in the basement of a house.) A water softener is an example of a POE system.
Point-of-Use (POU) System
These systems typically treat water in batches and deliver water to a single tap, such as a kitchen sink faucet or an auxiliary faucet mounted next to the kitchen sink. The following information contains a brief explanation of different POU systems and points to consider when determining which style of a system will best suit your needs. The list is ordered from easiest installation/operation to more difficult or complex installation/operation and should not be construed as any type of recommendation.