by Hayley Jones
If you are thinking of, or already in the midst of, a big kitchen remodeling project, then it’s time to seriously think about installing a reverse osmosis water system. If you have never tried reverse osmosis water, you should know that you can really tell the difference between spring water and reverse osmosis water, which is much more pure.
Should you happen to live in an area where you have to add a water softener to your water supply in order to protect your pipes from hard water lime deposits, then installing a reverse osmosis water system is a very good idea, because R/O filters out the Calcium and Magnesium dissolved in tap water that creates lime buildup and destroys your pipes.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis is the process by which dissolved minerals are taken out of water using a semi-permeable membrane with high pressure. In reverse osmosis water filtration systems designed for your home, the natural flow of water from diluted to concentrated areas of salinity is overcome by increasing the pressure on the side of the membrane with the mineralized (salty) water, and water is forced across the membrane with this pressure.
How Do Reverse Osmosis Home Filtration Systems Work?
Home reverse osmosis systems are fairly simple to understand. They consist of a series of tubes containing the membranes, with a high-pressure pump that forces the water through the system. Pretreatment options can eliminate suspended solids, Calcium and Magnesium solutes (water “hardness”), and other oxidizers.
With an R/O system in your home, you have two faucets at the kitchen sink, one for regular tap water, and one for reverse osmosis water. You can also choose to install a whole-home system, which is a really great option for people who have allergies to common water contaminant.
A lot of people don’t realize that these allergens are vaporized and absorbed through the skin in baths and showers, so if that is the cause of an illness in the family, you may not even be aware of it.
Go For The Green
Reverse osmosis technology is always improving, but the basic idea has been around for a couple of decades at least. The systems are becoming much more popular, however, as concerns about the environment in general and the millions of individual (non-biodegradable) plastic water containers being dumped into landfills and the oceans every year in particular, intensify. These systems are certainly an important part of any environmentally conscious home.
Any modern kitchen remodeling project definitely ought to include the installation of a reverse osmosis water filtration system. It’s environmentally conscious, energy-efficient, much more healthy than tap or even spring water, and easy on your wallet.