Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reverse Osmosis Provides Safer Water for the Home

Whether you're a business or a home owner who wants water that is healthier for the body, a reverse osmosis (RO) system can give you the results that you want. The process of reverse osmosis involves using high pressure to push water through a membrane while leaving contaminants behind. Particles in the water larger than water molecules are removed through the membrane, including potentially toxic substances.

One of the things that is removed through reverse osmosis is lead, which may be found in areas with old water systems. Too much lead in the body can lead to serious health issues, including brain and nerve damage, high blood pressure, and infertility. Children are especially susceptible to the effects of too much lead consumption.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The First Phase of Reverse Osmosis Systems Design: Feed Water Analysis

A full and precise feed water analysis must be provided before a reverse osmosis system is designed. The water analysis report is meant to show the form and the concentration of all chemicals in the feed water. The chemicals consist of dissolved ions, silica, colloids, and organic (TOC). Specific groupings of anions and cations create sparingly soluble salts in the water and scaling of a reverse osmosis membrane may occur when the salts are concentrated within the reverse osmosis element beyond their solubility limit.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Systems: Fouling and Scaling Treatment

Reverse osmosis water treatment systems are a very efficient method to create safe drinking water. Depending on the water quality, it is important to add on pre-treatment to the reverse osmosis water treatment system in order to maximize the system’s performance and life span. Certain elements can create fouling and scaling on the reverse osmosis membrane. This causes major problems in the reverse osmosis water treatment system and can damage the entire system if left unmaintained. There are a few different options for pre-treatment, but those options can only be determined once a proper water quality analysis has been conducted. Depending on the quality and the actual types of contaminants in the feed water, one or a combination of the following should be added on to the reverse osmosis system: chemical injection systems, pre-filtration, and/or a water softener or deionization system.

Reverse Osmosis Provides Superior Water Filtration

Reverse osmosis filtration system is used to treat ocean water, waste-water, and even brackish, cloudy well water, to make them fit for human consumption. This water purifying system is one of the most advanced on the planet and is completely safe.

A good example of osmosis is the swelling of potatoes after you soak them in distilled water for some time. This indicates that the potatoes have absorbed the water, in a natural attempt to achieve a balance of water molecules in the potatoes and the distilled water outside. Reverse osmosis works the other way. It releases water molecules from a dense solution or source. However, reverse osmosis does not happen naturally. It needs applied pressure to push water molecules out of the dense solution.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reverse Osmosis Machine Needed for Compromised Municipal Water Sources

Tap water and underground water sources in the United States have been compromised from heavy industrial and environmental pollution. All of our water sources have become contaminated to some degree, creating an increased need for water treatment such as a reverse osmosis machine. There has become an increased need for commercial reverse osmosis systems and industrial reverse osmosis systems. Reverse osmosis machines are generally used for food and beverage, mining and hydrometallurgy, healthcare, desalination, and agriculture, to name a few. Tap water can contain a wide range of contaminants, including traces of prescription drugs. The Associated Press recently conducted an investigation which proved the existence of an extensive variety of pharmaceuticals in city water such as anti-convulsants, antibiotics, hormones and mood stabilizers. Residues of these pharmaceuticals have been found in municipal water supplies all over the country.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How Reverse Osmosis Can Protect Your Health

Osmosis involves the passage of clear liquid (or a solvent with higher concentration) through a membrane to achieve equilibrium with a denser solution (or one with a solvent of lower concentration). For example, if you have water that is very salty separated by a membrane from water that is less salty or unsalted, the less salty water will travel through the membrane until the concentration of both waters is the same. 

Reverse osmosis uses high pressure to reverse that process. It forces cleaner water out of the salty water by pushing it through a membrane under high pressure. Thus, reverse osmosis is a means to both purify and to desalinate water. It can be used to turn salt water into drinking water or even contaminated water into water suitable for irrigating crops.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Reverse Osmosis Filter System Versus Traditional Water Treatment Methods

Traditional water treatment methods generally include boiling and chemical treatment. Both of these methods have been around for a very long time and can be effective in reducing bacteria and contaminants in the water, but there is a much better and effective method which uses the revolutionary “reverse osmosis filtration system.” Because of the growth of industry in the United States, water has become more polluted. This required the use of chemicals to reduce the high levels of bacteria and other contaminants that were not found in water sources years ago. Traditionally, boiling water is a method that has been used to disinfect water by removing microorganisms and most bacteria. The problem with boiling is that it does not remove all bacteria from the water and it can take up to three minutes of boiling to kill most bacteria. Boiling uses a lot of fuel and cooking equipment and, for most applications, must be given time to cool down before it can be used.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

How Special RO Membrane Housings Are Classified: The Bare Essentials

The reliable RO membrane is an important component of each RO system. Each membrane element requires a special RO membrane housing. The purpose of the RO membrane housing is to create the proper conditions for the RO membrane to operate efficiently producing clean water under the applied pressure. The RO membrane housing distributes the flow of feed water into concentrate and permeate water. It isolates the “permeate” (clean) water from the feed water and the concentrate. There are two main types of reverse osmosis membrane elements: spiral wound and hollow fiber membrane elements. The spiral wound elements are mostly used to produce drinking water while hollow fiber is used in the treatment of waste water and other special cases. The spiral wound RO membrane elements are made from packets of RO membrane flat sheets, permeate and concentrate spacers. Those packets are rolled around a core tube to form cylindrical shaped membrane element that can fit into a tubular RO membrane housing.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brackish Water: The Importance of Reverse Osmosis

California-based farms know the importance of optimizing brackish water systems using reverse osmosis. Brackish water poses many health concerns as it may contribute to the breeding of specific types of mosquitoes, such as the Anopheles sundaicus.

Brackish water is any water that has a level of salt saturation somewhere between what is naturally found in freshwater and ocean saltwater. Brackish water can appear naturally, but in California, it is often the result of environmental damage. Drinking water with a high level of salinity may cause health problems, not to mention unpleasant and hazardous for both humans and livestock.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Functions of a Semipermeable Membrane

When it comes to water filtration, the type of membrane used counts for a lot. A permeable membrane is a biological membrane with a pore size that allows just about every ion, particle, and water molecule to pass through. A selectively permeable membrane, on the other hand, filters larger molecules and ions such as Na+, Ca++, Cl- and does not permit them to cross the layer.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cleaning out the Water for the Weed

Some say that watering marijuana that you’ve planted for medicinal purposes is no different than watering any other plant. However, the end result could be that some herb may not produce the required kick, no matter how potent the strain. To get the best results from your harvest, you may have to set up a commercial reverse osmosis water filter system for the plantation. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Installing a Reverse Osmosis System at Home

Looking for potable drinking water supply for your home doesn’t always mean you’ll have to spend a lot on bottled or filtered water when you can turn to your tap water for drinking through the reverse osmosis system. In reverse osmosis, water is forced into a semi-permeable membrane, filtering out any impurities and producing cleaner water safe for drinking. In a day, a reverse osmosis system can provide 10 or more gallons of drinking water, more than enough for your family.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Reverse Osmosis: Industrial and Personal Uses

Reverse osmosis filtration is an effective way to purify water. Using a semipermeable membrane, high water pressure is applied from the unfiltered side so that pure water exits from the other side of the membrane, with the dirt particles left on the other side. Though water-intensive, the process is faster and safer than a lot of other purification processes with the minimal use of chemicals. This makes it useful for various industries. Here are a couple of examples where its use offer better advantages to the industries that use the system.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

RO Water Myths Debunked

Nowadays, the term “RO water” is pretty commonplace. Despite the term’s prevalence, however, not many people know the truth behind it. That in mind, here are several myths about reverse osmosis water filtering systems and the truth behind them.

RO water is unsafe 

The mere fact that reverse osmosis pumps out almost immaculately pure H2O has led it to be called “dead water” and termed unsafe, which is definitely false. Detractors claim that mineral-free water like RO water doesn’t exist anywhere, yet they’re forgetting that rainwater is also equally stripped of all minerals and is considered one of the purest forms of water on earth.