You might think that a reverse osmosis water filter is a good choice to improve the quality and taste of your tap water, but unless you live in a rural area with a really questionable water supply, you would really be wasting your money.
If you are like most of us, the water from your tap has already passed through a reverse osmosis filter. That doesn't mean that it's completely safe or that it tastes good.
Most water treatment facilities use a reverse osmosis water filter during one step of their operation. Large particles are trapped by the membrane of the reverse osmosis filter. Small particles still pass through.
You see, the reverse osmosis water filter was designed for large scale operations, industries that require de-mineralized water and for people traveling in outlying areas without public water. The reverse osmosis filter that companies are promoting for in home use is not what most of us need.
They are expensive and inefficient. They waste more water than they clean. Installation requires the assistance of a plumber. Maintenance is expensive. The membranes are delicate and prone to have manufacturer's defects. They also tear easily and are difficult to replace.
What most of us want is to remove chlorine, which is added at the water treatment facility to protect the membrane of the reverse osmosis water filter from rot and algae growth. If the facility does not have a reverse osmosis filter, chlorine is added to “disinfect" the water.
Chlorine kills living things. The whole idea of drinking chlorine is illogical. We are, after all, living things. The utility companies maintain that the chlorine levels in the drinking water are safe for human consumption, but more and more researchers are questioning that.
There are other ways to disinfect the water, but they are more expensive and most facilities cannot afford to switch. So, we have to deal with the chlorine ourselves, at home.
A reverse osmosis water filter will not remove chlorine. Only an activated carbon filter will do that. Anything that is smaller than the pores of the membrane in the reverse osmosis filter will pass right through.
News reports say that our water supplies are contaminated with drugs and hormones. Anything that goes down the drain eventually ends up in the water supply. Hormones can affect the growth of children and cause health problems in adults.
A reverse osmosis water filter will not block drugs or hormones. The molecular size is much too small. Once again you need a carbon activated filter to block those substances.
If your water comes from a well, instead of a public reservoir, a reverse osmosis filter is still not the right choice. One of the problems with well water is the acanthamoeba, a microscopic organism that can cause illness and death. It can enter the skin or the eyes through tiny scratches or scrapes and infect the entire body.
In order to protect yourself from acanthamoeba, microscopic organisms and bacteria, you need a micron filter. You still need an activated carbon filter to remove chemicals and improve taste and an ion exchange system is also helpful, because it balance out the mineral content. The best in-home water purification systems combine all three for the cleanest, safest, most healthy and best tasting drinking water that you can get.
The only thing that a reverse osmosis water filter will do is de-mineralize your water. Drinking de-mineralized water is not healthy. The best choice is a combination multi-stage system, so stop waiting and buy one today.
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