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How Does an RO System Work?

How Does an RO System Work?

You have probably heard the term reverse osmosis before. However, you might not be sure how it works, or what it actually does?


Simply put, a reverse osmosis system is a simple and affordable way to reduce the mineral content (removing minerals like sodium), remove countless chemicals (like chlorine, herbicides, pesticides and fluoride) and pharmaceuticals from your drinking water. These are very popular (and useful) in both homes and cottages.


Let’s take a look at how they work.

What is an RO Water System?

The process begins with the dirty water flowing through the first stage, which is a sediment filter. This removes unwanted dirt from your water.


Next, the water goes through two carbon filters to get rid of chemicals like:


  • Chlorine

  • Herbicides

  • Pesticides


From there, your water flows through the reverse osmosis membrane, which looks kind of like a long tube. This reduces the mineral content of your water by 90% (or more!) and stores the clean water in the tank. Once your tank is full, the system shuts off.


Now, when someone in your family opens the faucet, your water comes from the tank and flows through one last carbon filter and comes out clean, colourless, odourless, and safe to drink.

Do I Need an RO Water System?

As I mentioned earlier, these systems are very popular with homeowners and cottagers that are dealing with high amounts of sodium and chlorine in their water. However, you don’t necessarily need those concerns present to benefit from this technology. An extra step to purify your drinking water is never a bad thing, and most parents want their water to be as clean and safe as possible.


This peace of mind is relatively inexpensive. Whole-house and commercial-sized reverse osmosis systems are available. But most families can get everything they need from a point of use system, like our HUM Water Saver 75 system, and a point of use sink faucet.


These units are strong enough to purify the water coming from the dedicated RO faucet, and you can even install a T splitter so you can connect it to a water dispenser or ice machine in your fridge. They can fit discreetly under your kitchen sink. Or, if you have an unfinished basement, you can install your unit down there. You can basically install it anywhere you like, up to 20 feet away from where you will be dispensing the water. Any further than that, and you’re going to need to boost the flow.


Best of all, installing your own RO system is fairly straightforward, with the guidance of some helpful videos, like this one.

Do You Have Any Questions About Your Water?

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