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The End of Home RO Water Filtration?

The End of Home RO Water Filtration?


    

The End of Home RO Water Filtration?

by Justin Mann

At the time when RO water filtration was first converted for household use, they became an almost instant hit. Since no one knew about all the drawbacks, it was advertised as the one sure way to achieve pure water for drinking. However, the popularity of RO systems has declined considerably in the past thirty years. RO water treatment is simply not that good when compared to other purification systems on the market today. We simply cannot afford to use reverse osmosis filtration when considering the implications from an environmental as well as global stand-point.

How do reverse osmosis water filter systems work and what does it do to water? It is used to remove large particles of dirt and minerals from water sources. RO can remove sand, minerals and stones as well as salt. For the most part, all groundwater contains some form of contaminants that are unhealthy for humans to ingest. What makes it difficult to grasp is that some of the contaminants cannot be smelled or tasted.

On the flip side, reverse osmosis has a laundry list of what it does not do. It does not remove chemicals or disinfect water. Although RO may be one step in a complete process, it should never be the only step if drinking water is to be made safe for human consumption.

Microscopic bacterium and other organisms also live in water. If ingested, they can cause a group of illnesses called waterborne diseases. A disinfection method is required in order to remove organic or living contaminants. To do this, carbon and multi-stage carbon blocks are needed. Many of these contaminants are not removed by RO water filtration alone.

Another problem with reverse osmosis filtration is wasted water. In this day and age of water being in short supply, reverse osmosis filtering wastes from three to five gallons of water for every one gallon of water that is cleaned. That is a dismal and inefficient record for sure.

In a nutshell, if we use the reverse osmosis filtration at home to filter our water, then we end up with unhealthy water that is de-mineralized as well as contaminated with chlorine, herbicides and pesticides, all while tasting flat. The truth of the matter is that RO water filtration devices do what they are supposed to do, which is remove minerals. RO was never meant to be an all around water filtration device. The water filtered through RO is good for printing, film-making and when there is no alternative to sea water. Other than those applications, it is not good for human consumption.

About the Author:
There are many water filters to choose from today, from the Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher to the M7 PurTest Water Purifier. Reading water filter reviews will help you choose the best model for your needs.


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