Reverse osmosis (R.O.) is a proven water purification system used by people all over the world. While the term is well known, the methodology used to remove harmful contaminants from the water is a bit of a mystery. Let’s explore the basic components of an R.O. water treatment system and demonstrate how they work together to provide the highest quality water for your Surprise, AZ home.

How a Reverse Osmosis System Works

The reverse osmosis process involves forcing a concentrated solution through a semi-permeable membrane to create a less-concentrated solution. The membrane traps microscopic contaminants in millions of tiny pores as the water flows throw it. Only water molecules can pass through the membrane as the other impurities are captured and flushed away.

The various stages of a reverse osmosis water treatment system include the following:

  • Pre-filtration: The pre-filter is designed to protect the membrane by removing larger particulate matter, including dissolved solids and sediment. Pre-filtering also reduces chlorine levels.
  • Semi-permeable membrane: The membrane is the heart of a reverse osmosis system. Water is forced through the membrane under pressure. While water can pass through the material, undesirable substances are trapped in the filter. This includes urea, viruses, glucose, bacteria, arsenic, lead, cadmium, barium, copper, selenium and other harmful impurities.
  • Post filtration polishing: Just before your filtered water is delivered to the tap, it goes through a carbon post filter, which removes any contaminants that may have slipped through the membrane. The water is then held in a storage tank until your family is ready to use it. An in-line carbon filter gives the water a final “polish” as it comes through your R.O. faucet just in case any lingering odors or flavors were left inside the tank or hoses.

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