More and more often, plumbers are installing water treatment systems in customer homes. As homeowners become more concerned with what contaminants might be in their drinking water, there are more options available for them to purify the water coming into their homes. Not every water treatment system is right for every home; we’ll explain what a reverse osmosis water treatment system does below.

Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment System

Improves Taste

Reverse Osmosis Filtration improves taste, odor and appearance of the water coming into your home. It does this by removing the contaminants which cause these problems to occur.

Removes Contaminants

The contaminants reverse osmosis filtration removes include

  • Nitrates
  • Pesticides
  • Sulfates
  • Fluoride
  • Bacteria
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • And many others

How Reverse Osmosis Works

Reverse Osmosis Filtration works through a process called osmosis. Osmosis is defined as a process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane. Reverse osmosis is the opposite. The molecules are forced through a semi-permeable membrane to form a less concentrated solution. It is essentially straining the contaminants out of the water.

When it’s being used for drinking water, there’s a three step process.

  1. Pre-filtration, where the larger sediment is removed, reducing chlorine and some dissolved solids as it passes through a carbon filter.
  2. The actual reverse osmosis, which removes the contaminants listed above.
  3. The water passes through another carbon filter which removes any remaining contaminants.

Reverse osmosis is a popular solution to find delicious and safe drinking water. It’ll also save money by not buying bottled water. There are options too. There are systems which can be installed under the sink and also connect to the refrigerator, or it can be installed to provide filtered water to the entire house. Contact McDonough Plumbing to find your perfect solution for all your filtered water needs!