REVERSE OSMOSIS: WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU NEED IT!

012910303-glass-water-ice-300x200It is hard to watch the news or read a newspaper (you know, that thing you used to read at breakfast before the internet and laptops) or magazine without seeing something alarming about our water.  Within the past two weeks there was a Drinking Water Advisory issued for portions of northwest Washington, DC—a municipal water system—instructing residents and businesses not to drink the water!  Apparently the system feeding that area had been over-chlorinated to the extent the water was not safe to drink.  And in Time magazine, there was a lengthy article regarding the seepage of pharmaceuticals—prescription drugs—into our water supplies.  You can see the Advisory and the Time article using the links at left.

                Clearly, we cannot simply rely on the powers that be to make sure our water supplies—municipal or private wells—are both safe and desirable.  Just because it won’t make you sick doesn’t mean you necessarily want to drink it.  That’s where water treatment, and specifically reverse osmosis, can help.  Reverse Osmosis, or RO, when used in conjunction with a whole-house or point-of-entry treatment system, or on its own for some applications, can make your water both safe and enjoyable to drink and use throughout your home or business. 

                 The RO process uses filtration and a semi-porous membrane to filter out the very smallest matter and particles that can impair water quality.  It is far more effective than common filtration, removing matter as small as some bacteria.  Examples of things that RO will remove include lead and other metals, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, benzene, PCBs, nitrate, and arsenic.  RO units will reduce the total dissolved solids (TDS—everything in your water that is NOT water) in your water by 90% to 99%.  At the end of the RO process, you will be drinking, bathing in and cooking with the finest—i.e., highest quality—water that you can get.  

                 There is no reason to hope for the best when it comes to your water.  We will help you make sure you are getting the best!  We have a variety of systems available to give you RO water where you drink the water or throughout your home or business.  Give me a call!  Talk to you soon!