Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Osmosis: Water without the Nasty Stuff

The composition of the human body is roughly 60 to 70 percent water. This means human bodies need water to survive, making it the number one element for sustaining life. Though the planet we live in contains water in abundance, not all of it is fit for human consumption. The good news is that there is a simple, safe, and cost-effective means of producing potable water—reverse osmosis (RO). 

Simple Concept

Reverse osmosis is achieved by forcing water through a membrane and pre- and post-filters to remove contaminants. Some membranes are electrically-charged to eliminate chemicals more efficiently. The filters should ideally be changed every six months, while the membrane should be replaced yearly.

Safe Process

RO is by far the most common method used for producing drinking water because of its efficiency and low cost. It removes toxins and pathogens successfully with no by-products to harm the environment or the plumbing. This makes the water safe even for individuals with weak immune systems.


A reverse osmosis machine is not expensive and does not consume much energy. It is relatively compact in size and can be installed in most residential or commercial environments. Replacement filters and membranes are durable and have above-average lifespans, ensuring a long and healthy supply of water.

There are other water treatment methods available, each with their own science and benefits. The important thing is that you should have clean and safe water to drink, regardless of how it’s processed.

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