Purified drinking water is becoming more talked about and the general knowledge of the public is growing in this topic. People are starting to realize that it is not the healthy choice to drink municipal water straight from the tap. But what is the best option for drinking water?
The Contaminants In Municipal Water
Municipal water is what most Americans are using as their source of water in their home. This water is collected, filtered, and distributed on a mass-scale level, which in turn, causes the product water (what comes out of our home faucets) to be low-quality water that is filled with contaminants.
The EPA lists many different contaminants that are known to be or likely to occur in municipal water, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, hormones, disinfectant byproducts, inorganic and organic chemicals such as chlorine, and many other contaminants.
Drinking water that contains such contaminants is not the healthy lifestyle many of us seek today.
What is Reverse Osmosis Water?
Taking those contaminants out requires certain filtration or processes to do so. The process of filtration we most often recommend, is reverse osmosis.
The simple explanation of reverse osmosis is that a semi-permeable membrane is used along with pressure. When water that’s filled with contaminants meets that membrane, the water is pressurized to the point where only the pure H2O water molecules which are very small will pass through, leaving the contaminants on the other side of the membrane.
For reference, when dealing with very small objects, the measurement “micron” is often used. You can see below how small the reverse osmosis pore size really is and how little can make it through.
1 Inch = 25,400 micron
Human Hair = 40 micron – 300 micron
Cysts = 2 micron – 50 micron
Bacteria = 0.2 micron – 1 micron
Viruses = 0.004 micron – 0.1 micron
Pesticides/Herbicides = 0.001 micron
Reverse Osmosis Pore Size = 0.0001 micron
Why Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis continues to be the leading standard for high-quality drinking water filtration processes. While other filtration processes reduce contaminants, reverse osmosis is ahead of almost every process with product purity for residential applications.
To compare refrigerator filters, tabletop filters, pitcher filters, or faucet filters to reverse osmosis is difficult because they are not on the same level in high-quality purification.
The replaceable filters that are used in refrigerators or attached to faucets remove a very small amount of the contaminants from the spectrum that is found in municipal water. While these filters remove chlorine, which gives the illusion that there are no other contaminants because there are no visual or odor indicators, in reality, the water is still filled with contaminants after passing through – a more complete filtration process, such as reverse osmosis, is needed to purify the water to high-quality drinking water standards.
Most of the filters used in those applications are using a microfiltration (approximately 0.1 micron – pore size ranges vary by the filter from 0.05 micron to 5 micron) and a carbon filter to remove chlorine and help polish off the taste. They sometimes will add a media that removes lead as well.
While reverse osmosis, on the other hand, filters down to 0.0001 micron and usually includes multiple carbon filters (pre and post) and a pre-sediment filter.
Over 60,000 contaminants have been identified that can possibly be found in municipal water, these can be categorized into microbiological, organic, inorganic, or radioactive. Municipalities are currently regulated on 93 of those contaminants.
Reverse osmosis system (which includes activated carbon) is the only system manufactured that is guaranteed to remove all four categories of contaminants. Even distillation cannot make this claim.
The Benefits of Reverse Osmosis
Here are a few benefits of reverse osmosis purified drinking water:
High-Quality Drinking Water – Pure. Healthy. Free of chemicals and contaminants.
No More Single Use Plastic – Bottled water is expensive, unhealthy, environmentally unsustainable, and inconvenient. BPA (bisphenol-A) leakage, overpricing, unnecessary waste products, ongoing hauling or delivery, and even misleading labeling about the standard of purification are some of the avoidable downsides to using bottled water.
Purified Ice – Enjoy refreshing clear and pure ice with any beverage, without the dilution of chlorine and other contaminants.
Better Cooking – Yes, even the flavors and richness of cooking will change with purified water. Water is often absorbed into food through boiling or steaming, and if using chemical-filled water, it can diffuse the fullness of the flavors.
Tastier Coffee and Tea – Purified water is absent of chemicals and up to 95% of all dissolved solids, leaving great-tasting, crystal-clear water to be enjoyed on its own or as a key ingredient in the best tasting coffee, tea, or any homemade water-based beverage. Purified water leaves room for the flavors to fully manifest, untainted by contaminants.
Peace of Mind – You never have to worry about what chemicals and contaminants are in your family’s water, pure and healthy.
Healthy Living – Our bodies are about 60%-80% water. What you put in your body every day of your life should be the highest quality possible. It will make a difference in the long run.
Why Homeowners in Nashville are Choosing Reverse Osmosis
Yes, it’s about removing the contaminants found in municipal water sources, but what they are really choosing is the health, wellbeing and peace of mind that a Reverse Osmosis system can provide. Thanks to Reverse Osmosis technology, homeowners like you can take control of your water by filtering out the contaminants before they reach your loved ones. With experts like PerfectWater, you can work Reverse Osmosis into your new construction and move into a home with clean water flowing from faucets in the master bathroom, master closet, guest bathroom, bar, game room, a line running directly to your coffee maker, and where ever else one might want purified drinking water.
And if you’re in an established home with no plans on moving, reverse osmosis installation is just a phone call away. Homeowners have choices in providing their family with clean water. Let us help you decide if Reverse Osmosis or another method like Rainwater Harvesting is right for you.
You can take control of your water. If you want to learn more about water purification and filtration and Reverse Osmosis, contact our team.
Want to learn even more about whole-home water purification in Knoxville and Nashville? Check out our Knoxville and Nashville Residents Guide to Water Purification.