Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reverse Osmosis: How It Works and the Benefits

There are several water filtration technologies on the market and reverse osmosis is one of the more popular ones out there. How exactly does it work? Osmosis is a natural process and it happens when there are two solutions that have differing levels of concentration and they are separated by a semipermeable membrane. The fluid moves from a lower area of concentration to a higher one.

Reverse osmosis uses the principle behind this movement and reverses the direction. Imagine a container with a semipermeable membrane in the middle with clean water on one side and a concentrated water solution on the other side. Normal osmosis would have the pure water entering membrane to mix with the solution. However, with high water pressure, you can have the concentrated solution doing the movement. This forces the impurities in the solution to be left behind, resulting in purified water.

There are several benefits to having your water filtered this way. First, it ensures that the water doesn’t have any trace elements like lead or others. This results in water without any unpleasant odors or taste. Second, it requires minimal maintenance. The high water pressure washes away the impurities as they get filtered out. Finally, they are efficient for home use. It’s easy to install and the system can be placed directly under your sink for the ultimate convenience.

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