A purification system will give you the peace of mind that you are drinking the cleanest water available to you.

While there are several methods by which to purify water, some are far better and more effective than others. A reverse osmosis system is capable of removing up to 99+% of dissolved salts, particles, colloids, organics, bacteria and pyrogens from water. This process removes contaminants by forcing water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. The RO system is installed at the point of use, typically under your kitchen sink. The water is filtered by reverse osmosis and goes to a holding tank where it is ready for use at any time. The tank will replenish itself every time water is removed.

RO systems vary in the number of filters involved (3, 4, and 5) depending on the contaminants affecting your water. Aspen WaterWise can also install a final stage alkaline filter that will reintroduce healthy minerals back into the water.

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What is the difference between water purifiers and water filters?

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a point of use system installed under the kitchen sink to treat water for drinking and cooking purposes. A whole house filters is a point of entry system installed at the main water line to treat water for the entire home. Whole house filters allow a much higher flow rate and are designed to treat water for general usages such as cleaning, bathing and laundry. They filter contaminants with micron sizes ranging from 10-30 microns; due to the larger micron size, it allows water to be quickly filtered from the main water line and into ever faucet. The water we consume for drinking and cooking should be filtered more carefully to guarantee contaminant-free drinking water. A RO system forces water through filters rated at 0.0001 micron size. For reference, human hair is 80-90 microns – bacteria and viruses are 0.4-1 micron and 0.02-0.4 micron respectively. As a result, reverse osmosis filters up to 99% of all contaminants including nitrates, arsenic, chromium, fluoride, radon and other contaminants that whole house filters cannot remove.

What does reverse osmosis remove?

Reverse osmosis removes almost everything dissolved in the source water. It can remove viruses, bacteria, parasites, TDS, heavy metals, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, unpleasant odor and taste. The result is water free of bacteria or contaminants. On the other hand, the water is also cleaned to the point where it’s stripped of its natural minerals and salts.

What are the benefits of a RO system?

Some of the many great benefits of a reverse osmosis system are:

  • Produces healthy, fresh, great-tasting water
  • Does not use electricity or require a power source
  • Fully automated filtration
  • Saves money over buying bottled water
  • Provides “better-than-bottled water” quality water for just pennies per gallon
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Simple maintenance

I thought my city's tap water was safe to drink?

While the EPA does set water quality standards for municipal water facilities, it’s best to test the water in your home and get a clear understanding of the water that is actually coming out of your tap. The EPA currently regulates over 90 contaminants; to meet these regulations, water samples must be tested on a regular basis to be sure the regulated contaminants are below a threshold known as the maximum contaminant level (MCL). Meeting this threhold does not mean the water is free of contaminants – it only means the contaminant level was below the maximum amount allowed by the EPA when the water sample was collected. There could be any of the following contaminants in your municipal water: disinfectants, disinfection byproducts, organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, viruses, bacteria, microorganisms, parasites, and radionuclides.

It’s hard to say the age and condition of the water treatment plant in your area, which can affect the efficacy of the treatment operations. In addition, water contamination can occur at almost any point in the delivery channel – a couple examples being lead leaching from pipe solder or bacteria entering the system from water main breaks. Most cities also add chemicals like chlorine and fluoride to their water. The best way to protect your family from the increasingly wide range of contaminants found in today’s tap water is by installing a RO drinking water system.

Do RO units waste a lot of water?

While a reverse osmosis unit uses more water in its operation than you actually consume, in comparison to other water-using appliances it is not a significant amount of water. The RO unit only uses water while it’s filling it’s storage tank – once the tank is full, the unit shuts down and no water runs to drain.

Do RO units remove minerals that are essential to health?

Reverse osmosis removes 99% of all contaminants in water – including healthy minerals and salts. However, water is just one way you can get these in your diet – food is a much more reliable source for essential micronutrients. In addition, Aspen WaterWise will install an alkalinity unit with your RO to reintroduce desired minerals into your drinking water.