I am often asked about whole house reverse osmosis and wanted to give you a glimpse of the complexity of such a system. I provide this photo for you in order to give you the perspective that might be missing in a brief discussion of the topic. Whole house reverse osmosis need not be difficult to operate but it is much more complex to rely on than a whole house water filter such as my Urban Defender. Also, a whole house reverse osmosis system will cause a higher electric bill than a whole house water filter system due to the addition of the water pump. There will also be more maintenance than with a whole house water filter.
Why use it?
Sometimes whole house reverse osmosis is the only option. Extremely high total dissolved solids can be among the most common reasons to employ whole house reverse osmosis. Other issues may include high sodium (a component of tds) and a mix of other contaminants like fluoride, radioactive metals, or nitrates.
There is a sediment filter in front of the membrane. The water then travels to the right where the almond colored tank is an acid neutralizer to raise water pH. Next is water storage tank based on an estimate of peak daily water usage. Note the pump on the right. This pump delivers pressurized water to the home.
High iron or hardness also require additional treatment for removal prior to the water entering the whole house reverse osmosis system.
My name is Jim McMahon, a professional ecologist of some accomplishment. What is an ecologist, you might ask. Well, it's a person who has studied the natural function of our planet's life support systems; her rivers and forests, the ecosystems that support all living things. I launched my company, Sweetwater LLC, in September 2002 after an extensive search for a business that I could operate from home. I live in a lovely little spot where I overlook the headwaters of the Santa Clara River while speaking with you on the phone. I was tired of the constant strife of the activist role and sought a way to continue to help people but with a greater focus on individuals. I chose water because I'd studied rivers in college and professionally and could build on my knowledge and experience. I provide home water purification systems and consulting services to people seeking a healthy lifestyle, or just trying to solve a water problem.
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