Is a reverse osmosis system right for your needs?
Under sink? Yes.
Reverse osmosis is typically applied at a point of water use in a home, like under a kitchen or bathroom sink. RO water tastes better and looks better than untreated water. A point-of-use RO system could also be mounted in a cabinet or remotely in the garage or basement.
Connecting an under sink RO system to your refrigerator is simple and worthwhile. Reverse osmosis removes minerals from ice and water, making your beverages clear and refreshing. Ice cubes produced with RO water also last longer.
Whole house? Rarely.
Reverse osmosis is only used to treat water in an entire house if a homeowner has saltwater intrusion in his well, high levels of silica in the water, or some other problem that only reverse osmosis can treat. An RO system will not provide the flow rate needed to pressurize the entire house. In the rare case where the whole house requires RO water, a large booster pump, like a Grundfos or Davey, can increase the water pressure. In addition to a large water pump and storage tank, you will need a UV system to disinfect the water once it leaves the tank. Homeowners have a lot to consider when purchasing an RO system for the whole house.
If you don’t want to purchase a storage tank larger than your basement, reverse osmosis may not be the best option for your shower. Instead, all you may need is a carbon filter or water softener. The solution is usually much simpler and more focused than reverse osmosis.
The only time you may need an RO system for a pool is if the water contains some contaminant that no other filtration system can remove. If you try to fill a 20,000-gallon pool with RO water, even with the most efficient system, you would send 10,000 gallons down the drain. Good news: the amount of dissolved solids in a pool doesn’t really matter, so other systems do a better job providing clean pool water.
Reverse osmosis works well for hydroponic farming, but not all plants survive or thrive with RO water. Usually, RO is best suited for greenhouses where plants are misted or small gardens, depending on the plants.
If you get your drinking water from a private well, then an RO system is an excellent way to ensure that the water flowing to your tap is safe.
One unit usually supplies water to an apartment building or condominium so that you can apply a point-of-entry system for just one resident.
Commercial or industrial RO systems are used frequently because commercial units allow uses to send the drain water back into the feed supply. Reverse osmosis removes paints, dyes, and other industrial contaminants well.
If you’re a saltwater fish enthusiast, then an RO system is perfect for you. Reverse osmosis allows you to strip all minerals from the water and add exactly the amount of salt you need back in.
RO systems require proper draining, and drain hookups aren’t located at campsites. Storage tanks are also difficult to attach to RVs.
How long do reverse osmosis systems last?
They last a long time, but you should change the membrane and filters. Filters should be changed every month depending on your water conditions RO membranes every 1-2 years depending upon your water quality and cares about your Filters replacement.
Which reverse osmosis system is best?
The BlueTech Germany. Why? The system is pharmacy-trusted and does the job well. Attaching any accessory to the Blue Tech is simple, unlike many other RO systems.