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What Is Reverse Osmosis & Do You Need It For Your Drinking Water?

As a concerned Ottawa resident, you want everything in your home to be healthy and clean… including the food you eat and water you drink. Unfortunately, while it’s easy to find healthful food, you have less control over your drinking water. Or do you?

There’s a very practical water purification system for your home — reverse osmosis. You may have heard the term “reverse osmosis” before without knowing what it means or why someone might need it. Here, we answer your questions and recommend 2 excellent reverse osmosis systems in Ottawa.

What Is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a high-quality filtration system. It works by pre-filtering your water supply and then forcing it through special semipermeable membranes. As much as 98 percent of dissolved contaminants and other solids are left behind while clean, pure water passes through. Next, the water is moved into a storage tank. Finally, when you turn on your drinking water tap, it will go through a final post-filter before it flows out for your family’s use.

A - Pressure is applied B/C - Contaminated water D - Membrane E - Purified Water F - Distributed

Do Ottawa Residents Need Reverse Osmosis?

The City of Ottawa provides good quality drinking water, which undergoes regular sampling and testing. However, there are two situations where a reverse osmosis system can benefit you:

  1. Lead plumbing pipes. You might have an old water service pipe or internal plumbing made of lead in an older Ottawa home. Reverse osmosis filtration will remove lead from your drinking water supply.
  1. Private well. When your tap water comes from a private well, it may contain chemicals from the groundwater such as chloride, nitrate, or sodium, which can negatively affect your health. Installation of a reverse osmosis water purification system will filter out these substances.

What Does Reverse Osmosis Water Purification System Remove?

For starters, a reverse osmosis water purification system filters out dissolved solids and sediments such as sand or clay. According to the US Center for Disease Control, reverse osmosis also removes the following contaminants:

  • Chloride
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Sodium

The process frequently removes other chemicals, including:

  • Arsenic
  • Calcium
  • Fluoride
  • Magnesium
  • Nitrate
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Radium
  • Sulphate

Removal of dietary minerals such as magnesium is sometimes mentioned as a downside of reverse osmosis. However, there is an optional cartridge from the K5 by Kinetico that will re-mineralize the water.

Trusted Reverse Osmosis Systems

Established over 50 years ago, Kinetico is a world leader in residential and commercial water purification technology. Their reverse osmosis systems are an efficient and effective way to ensure your supply of healthy drinking water.

Based on our experience as water quality professionals, we recommended the following Kinetico reverse osmosis systems:

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

The K5 is a sleek and compact unit that fits comfortably under your kitchen sink or atop a counter for a handy source of clean, fresh drinking water. More than just a pretty face, this reverse osmosis appliance purifies your water with a 5-stage filtration system customizable to local water issues.

Kinetico Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis Membrane System

The whole-house RO Membrane System offers the kind of outstanding performance you’re looking for — effective and reliable. It’s also customizable to suit your household needs; we’ll make personalized recommendations based on your water test results. In addition, minimal wasted water and a long lifespan make this an eco-friendly, affordable water quality solution.

To Your Health!

Call us about professional installation of a reverse osmosis water treatment system. Then toast your family’s health with a glass of clean, clear water.

Contact Out of This World Plumbing today!