We’ve finally learned our lesson in America. More of us are starting to skip the soda and drink a lot more water instead.
A 2016 Beverage Marketing study found water consumption in the U.S. grew 120 percent between 2000 and 2015, while carbonated drinks fell 16 percent over the same time period.
Drinking more water is a smart and healthy decision! But, you still have a lot of choices when it comes to what kind of water you drink. Bottled? Distilled? Natural spring water? Tap water?
Reverse osmosis drinking water systems provide you with clean, refreshing water right in your home. Here are some reasons why it’s the best option for you.
Reverse Osmosis Systems Remove Contaminants
Contaminated water and its negative effects on health have been making a lot of headlines lately. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan involving lead prompted increased scrutiny of public water around the country.
No matter where you live, there’s a lot more than just H2O in your home’s water. However, with a reverse osmosis system, you can drastically reduce those unwanted contaminants. The special membrane filters out the vast majority of microscopic organisms and heavy metals:
- nitrates and nitrites (hexavalent & trivalent)
- cyst (cryptosporidium)
- total dissolved solids (TDS)
If pure water is what you want, a reverse osmosis drinking system is what you need!
Reverse Osmosis Reduces Sodium from Soft Water
Water softeners are specifically designed to remove hard minerals from the water. Water softeners solve a lot of hard water problems, but they are not meant to for purification.
The water softener in your home gives you water that’s excellent for cleaning, bathing, and laundry. However, not everyone enjoys the taste of softened water.
Remember, in the ion exchange process your water softener uses, hard minerals are replaced with sodium molecules. You could still have a high level of total dissolved solids, which will impact the taste. Reverse osmosis filters out the sodium that your water softener adds.
A reverse osmosis drinking water system partnered with a water softener allows you to enjoy the benefits of both soft water and purified drinking water. Plus, R.O. systems are more efficient when they start with soft water.
You’ll Stop Buying Bottled Water
If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, or you’re concerned about what might be in it, there’s a good chance you’re buying bottled water all the time.
Bottled water is expensive. Those plastic bottles create a lot of waste as they all too often go un-recycled and end up in landfills. Plus, the bottom line is much of that bottled water isn’t as pure as you think. It’s just filtered tap water.
In the U.S., one study found we spent more than $15 billion on bottled water in 2015.
A reverse osmosis system will pay for itself in no time because you’ll only be paying pennies per gallon. Plus, whenever you need clean drinking water, it’s right there at the tap.
It’s Better for Cooking
The impurities in your home’s water are going to affect the taste of the food you make.
That makes a lot of sense when you think about it, because the water you cook with often ends up in your food. When you boil pasta, make soups, or bake homemade bread, pure water can make a big difference.
If you’re using municipal tap water for cooking, there’s a good chance you have too much chlorine in it. That will not only cause food to taste odd, it discolors it as well.
You’ll also find that coffee and tea taste better with reverse osmosis water. FineCooking.com even points out the fact that many of the best restaurants now exclusively use R.O. water for cooking.
Crystal Clear Ice Cubes
Have you ever noticed how when you make ice cubes they tend to look white and cloudy?
The reason for that is the impurities and gasses in your water, which crystallize as it freezes. Ice forms from the outside in, and as this happens the impurities are forced to the center of the ice cube, resulting in the cloudy appearance.
If you like making eye-catching cocktails, crystal clear ice cubes will look fantastic in your drinks. But there’s more! Cloudy ice cubes have been shown to be softer and melt faster than clear ice cubes with pure water from a reverse osmosis system. That means ice cubes made with an R.O. will keep your drinks cool longer without watering them down as much.
Reverse Osmosis Water Tastes Delicious
Perhaps the best reason to have reverse osmosis drinking water in your home is how great the water tastes! When you remove all those impurities, you’re left with nothing but clean, refreshing water.
Jason Fitzpatrick, a writer for Lifehacker.com, was fed up with his city water and ended up being pleasantly surprised with the results of an R.O.
“After years of tap water, I’d finally had enough of drinking water that tasted like it had been skimmed from the pool of the local YMCA. Between the chemical taste and concerns over lead and other contaminants, installing an under-sink filter became the most economical option to ensure my family was drinking pure water.”
After getting a reverse osmosis drinking water system, Fitzpatrick noticed a major difference in both the taste and appearance of his water.
Many families who start using an R.O. (including Fitzpatrick’s) find themselves drinking more water and less sugary juice, sports drinks, and soda.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
The only thing skeptics of reverse osmosis can point to as a disadvantage is that reverse osmosis systems filter out minerals, which they assume are valuable to their health.
In reality, you should be getting most of the mineral your body needs from the food you eat.
Furthermore, the dissolved mineral found in drinking water are organic, which means your body has a difficult time absorbing them. This negates any potential health benefits.
For those who are concerned about losing out on mineral intake, you can always look for mineral supplements. Some people will put a pinch of sea salt in their reverse osmosis water.
The bottom line is that the impressive benefits of reverse osmosis water far outweigh any minor objections.
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Have more questions on how to get a reverse osmosis system? Contact the team at PerfectWater and we’ll be glad to help.