After studying this article, we believe that your next step will be deciding to purchase one from Lone Star Water Services (a locally owned and operated water softener & water heater sales & service provider). Before informing you of some of the advantages, give us the chance to explain what Reverse Osmosis means. Let’s start with the basics, shall we?
What is Reverse Osmosis (RO)?
Reverse Osmosis is the process of deionization or demineralizing water by pushing the water under pressure through a semipermeable membrane.
To embrace Reverse Osmosis, one must understand the process of Osmosis first. It is a process wherein molecules of a solvent pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one. In other words, it’s where a weaker saline solution “migrates” to a high saline solution, just as plant roots suck up water from the soil & human kidneys get water from the blood.
If you wonder that a less concentrated solution will have a natural inclination to move to a highly concentrated one, just visualize holding a can full of water with low salt concentration & then holding another can full of water with higher salt concentration. Now visualize that they are separated by a semipermeable membrane. Because this membrane allows some of the substances to pass through, the water with low salt concentration would then transfer to the can of water with high salt concentration.
Still, confused? Let us make it simple for you. A semipermeable membrane permits some atoms or molecules to pass through it by diffusion. Take, for example, a screen door. It allows air molecules to pass through it, but insects or anything more significant than the holes can’t pass through.
Let’s have another example—the Gore-Tex synthetic fabric, which contains superfine plastic film. Millions of tiny pores have been cut. These openings are large enough to allow water vapor through but are small enough to block liquid water.
Now, you know what actually is reverse osmosis? That’s right! It’s the osmosis process in reverse! Quite obvious, isn’t it?
However, reversing the naturally occurring Osmosis phenomenon requires energy & the application of that energy to a more concentrated solution. You’re probably aware of an RO system’s components already & you might have come across its RO membrane.
Though this membrane permits water molecules to pass through, it rejects most dissolved bacteria, salts, organics & pyrogens. To perform this, sufficient pressure should be applied to push the water through this RO membrane. This causes the water to get desalinated (demineralized or deionized) in the process, enabling pure water to go through while blocking most of the contaminants.
Now that you understand Osmosis & Reverse Osmosis, you’ll appreciate the following advantages even more!
Perks of Having an RO System
RO systems remove contaminants.
RO systems can also remove pollutants like pesticides, nitrates, fluoride, bacteria, sulfates, arsenic, pharmaceuticals & more. If your RO system utilizes a carbon filter, it can also eliminate chloramines & chlorine. There is no better way of cleaning water than with an RO system!
RO systems improve the taste of water.
Thanks to Reverse Osmosis’s powers, contaminants such as salt, particles, colloids & others are removed! Now, you can surely enjoy drinking water that smells great and tastes good too!
RO systems are easy to maintain
Yup, you’ve read that one right! These water filtration systems have few moving & replaceable parts, doing the cleaning & servicing hassle-free. Plus, if you take care of your RO system the right way, such as following the annual cleaning process & changing out the filters, it can stand the test of time. RO systems, if properly maintained, last up to 15 years!
RO systems can save money.
Having an RO system from Lone Star Water Services will also save your money by giving you all the safe, clean water you will ever need. You do not have to buy cases of bottled water because RO filtration provides safe-to-drink water.