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Reverse Osmosis for Water Filtration

It is no secret that access to clean drinking water is a growing concern even in developed countries. Even municipally-treated water could contain bacteria and other harmful toxins that could have serious health consequences.

If you are one of the billions of people who filter their water for drinking, then chances are you have heard of the term reverse osmosis. It sounds really complicated and scientific, but the basic concept is not really that difficult to understand.

Under the natural order of things, osmosis is the process by which a solution of higher concentration (salty water) flows to a solution of lower concentration (pure water) in order to restore equilibrium. Reverse osmosis, as the name implies, does just the opposite by using enough pressure to overcome the natural osmotic pressure of the solution in question. Reverse osmosis is the process of forcing “impure” water from one tank through a semi-permeable membrane with holes small enough to let water through but not anything bigger. It traps the impurities so that only purified water makes it to the next tank.

Many water filtering systems make use of this method because the design of the modern reverse osmosis process makes it a highly effective way to make even saltwater drinkable using special membranes. Some systems are portable so that it can be taken on fishing or camping trips where clean drinking water may not easily be available. Reverse osmosis water treatment is not only for residential and personal use but also for industrial applications.

That being said, not all reverse osmosis systems are equal. Some are designed to be more efficient and effective than others, easy to operate, economical to maintain, and not even requiring any electricity to work. These systems are readily available for the discerning consumer. Contact a reputable water treatment systems distributor in your area for a quote.

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