Municipal tap water is cleaned of most contaminants, however, unhealthy chemicals are added to the process. Additionally, the water flows through pipes leading to our homes and these pipes contain mineral deposits and other contaminants that enter the pipes when roots infiltrate it. The truth is that our potable water is not really suitable for drinking.
Introducing Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis is a chemical process that forces water through special membranes at high force, removing all heavy metals, toxic particles and minerals from the water. Used around the world, reverse osmosis water purification systems are aimed at providing healthier drinking water.
Health Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Systems
Toxins don't only enter our bodies when we drink contaminated water, but also through the skin. Depending on the type of contaminant, it can harm your health and that of your family. However, reverse osmosis water is:
Lead Free: Excessively high lead levels can damage the body by causing high blood pressure, muscle and nerve damage and fertility problems. In children, it could also lead to anemia and brain damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared that reverse osmosis water filtration systems are effective in removing lead and that the water is safe for consumption.
Safe for Cancer Patients: Cancer patients have weakened immune systems during radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Untreated water that contains harmful toxins and microorganisms can cause infections. However, Medline reported that reverse osmosis water is safe for cancer patients during and after treatment.
Free from Cryptosporidium: The CDC reported that reverse osmosis water is free from cryptosporidium. This parasite is found in contaminated water and causes stomach ailments.
Sodium Free: According to the CDC, large sodium molecules are unable to pass through the reverse osmosis filtering system's membranes. RO water is therefore safer for people with sodium restrictions, such as liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure and so forth.
Should I Buy a Reverse Osmosis RO System?
Clean drinking water is a global concern, especially as safe water levels continue to diminish. If you're not ready to invest in a pricey system, there are other options. You may want to check your water supplier's annual consumer confidence report for details about the water quality.
Reverse Osmosis water filters can remove a variety of elements from your water, including lead, nickel, copper, strontium, salts, E. Coli, fecal bacteria and giardia cysts. It can also remove pesticides, that public water suppliers may not always report.
Whole House Reverse Osmosis System vs. Countertop Filters
Once you have ascertained the quality of your public water, you should consider your household requirements. If the quality of water is not a necessity,and you just want better-tasting water, you may want to invest in a cheaper spigot or pitcher type filtration system. However, if you have children or cancer patients in your home, it may be an idea to invest in a whole-home reverse osmosis system.
Another consideration is the installation. While countertop or spigot type filtration systems are simple to install, Reverse Osmosis systems that cover the water supply to the entire home, but they require specialized installation expertise. The overreaching benefit of a Reverse Osmosis system is the fact that it covers the entire home and therefore will deliver better water for drinking, cooking, cleaning your home and laundry, and your body.
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