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Reverse Osmosis

By February 17, 2019 No Comments

Before getting into Reverse Osmosis, we should first review the process of Osmosis…

In order to understand the technology & process of Reverse Osmosis, we first need understand the naturally occurring process of Osmosis.

In nature, Osmosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is one of the most critical processes for plant life to stay balanced, live & thrive. It is a process where a weaker saline solution will tend to migrate to a strong saline solution. Examples of osmosis are when plant roots absorb water from the soil and our kidneys absorb water from our blood.

A solution with a lower concentration of saline will have a natural tendency to migrate to a solution with a higher concentration.  For example, if you had a container full of water with a low salt concentration and another container full of water with a high salt concentration and they were separated by a semi-permeable membrane, the water with the lower salt concentration would begin to migrate towards the water container with the higher salt concentration.

A semi-permeable membrane is a membrane that will allow some atoms or molecules to pass but not others. A simple example is an air purifier, which pulls in air from the room, then collects and traps dust, microbes and allergens in the filter’s screen, before pushing clean air out.

Reverse Osmosis is the process of Osmosis in reverse. Whereas Osmosis occurs naturally without energy required, to reverse the process of osmosis, energy is applied to a more saline solution.  A reverse osmosis membrane is a semi-permeable membrane that allows the passage of water molecules, while holding back contaminants such as fluoride and hundreds of other chemicals & pharmaceuticals, resulting in purified water.

High-quality Membranes Are Crucial.  As you can imagine, the quality, size, volume capacity and the number of membranes used to filter out harmful chemicals is extremely important in the process of purifying water.  If you are using an under-the-sink solution, sure, you wouldn’t require a large size or of membranes that we use for commercial purification, but nevertheless, the quality of the membrane remains extremely important.  Most commercial systems utilize 1-2 small membranes, we utilize 4 large commercial membranes that are only made here in the US.  Many filters & membranes are counterfeited overseas, in manufacturing environments that are not safe for human consumption, so buying outside of the US has never been an option for us.  We also only utilize ISO & NSF certified membranes, which guarantees that the membranes do what they are rated for, which is how we have been able to consistently produce the same healthy, high-quality purified water for nearly 25 years.

Where there is water, there is life.  Where there is clean water, there is quality of life.