Reverse Osmosis

What Is a Reverse Osmosis Filtration System?

If you've never heard of a Reverse Osmosis (RO) system before, you probably have a lot of questions about what makes this kind of water filtration different from what you'd find in something like a standard filter pitcher or a water bottle with a built-in water filter. That's a fair question, and once you know how the process of reverse osmosis works, it's easier to understand why investing in a reverse osmosis filtration system makes sense. The key difference between RO system and standard filtration is how the filtration process works.

In most drip-through pitchers and water bottle filters, water runs through a carbon filter, which snags most of the impurities and passes clean water through. It's fairly effective, but it doesn't remove some classes of impurities because it doesn't have the ability to filter the water to as great a degree as an RO filter system.

Why is that? It's because of the membrane used in the RO filter process, which is designed to grab ions and larger molecules, so only the small water molecules make it through.

How the RO Process Works

The process of reverse osmosis filtration works by pressurizing the fluid before passing it through the filter membrane. The membrane catches impurities, but the solvent, water, passes freely through to the lower-pressure side of the membrane. Depending on the exact design of the RO system, different tolerances for the filtration threshold can provide options to create mineral water that retains the naturally occurring minerals while removing contaminants or to create flavor-free water that is as pure as possible without full distillation.

Learning More About RO Water Filtration

If you have questions about buying a new water filtration system, we're here to help. Our team has put together answers to some of the most common questions we get already, so you can browse for answers whenever you want. For questions that aren't on the list, we recommend contacting us to learn more.

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