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What Are The Disadvantages of Reverse Osmosis?

Jun 5, 2008
Water filters are certainly a popular home accessory these days and reverse osmosis water filters seem to be a type that is high in the public consciousness. Unfortunately, there are disadvantages of reverse osmosis.

It is true that ordinary tap water contains many different pollutants that can damage your health. It is also true that using a reverse osmosis water filter will get rid of these impurities. But, on the negative side, as well as removing the dangerous impurities, they also remove health-giving minerals from the water that they filter.

So, is demineralized water bad for you? It is certainly a fact that demineralized water is not found anywhere in nature. This certainly suggests that it is not a particularly good idea to be drinking only water that has had all of its minerals filtered out.

The truth is that not everyone agrees that taking the minerals out of water is necessarily damaging to health. But what is undeniable is that mineral deficiency in the body will certainly lead to longterm health problems. Given this, it surely only makes sense to make sure that the water you're drinking provides a significant number of these minerals on a daily basis.

Does reverse osmosis make water safe to drink? Unfortunately the only honest answer that can be given to this question is no. Mainly because the reverse osmosis process doesn't fully remove a lot of the synthetic chemicals that are all too common in tap water.

Another one of the disadvantages of reverse osmosis is that because of its strong filtering capabilities you lose a large volume of water as well as contaminants. This is not only wasteful of water but it can also lead to an increase in your water charges.

There is another more minor disadvantage that you'll have to make your own mind up about in terms of how important it is to you personally. That disadvantage is that some of the external individual filters can be bulky and unsightly-looking.

So, you can see that, although it is certainly a very good idea to install some sort of water filtration or purification system in your home, there are just a few too many disadvantages of reverse osmosis for this system to be a good idea.
About the Author
Alan Allport has devoted a lot of time in recent years to reviewing water filter systems. To learn more about the disadvantages of reverse osmosis see his Website at http://www.waterfilterpurifiers.com.
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