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Is Reverse Osmosis the Best Choice for Safe Drinking Water

Sep 11, 2008
The disadvantages of reverse osmosis greatly outweigh the advantages. I'll cover in detail what these many shortcomings are in a moment. The question is, "Does reverse osmosis make water safe to drink?" The answer is a resounding no.

Many industries use the reverse osmosis process for demineralizing the water used by boilers. The process is primarily used to prevent deposits from building up inside machines that lead to mechanical breakdowns and costly repairs. The other use is for reverse osmosis of water is still used at large-scale facilities.

Now you are probably wondering why I said it was not safe to drink water created from reverse osmosis but at the same time you may be wondering why the process is used for the treatment of water. Personally, I don't know why this method continues to be used because technology has advanced for the purpose of making water much more safe for people to consume.

The disadvantages of reverse osmosis make the process quite unfit for the water treatment process. The main process is to demineralize water but not to remove contaminants that are at or below the molecular weight of the water that carries them.

Many chemicals and microscopic organisms are among the contaminants that flow freely through our pipes in our home and they wait for us to consume it. To make matters worse, there are over 2,000 well-known cancer causing chemicals in our reservoir system and the treatment facilities are unable to remove them due to inadequate equipment.

So, now you know why I give a resounding "no" when asked if reverse osmosis makes water safe. With so many toxins and organisms flowing through our pipes, how could anyone justify that tap water is perfectly safe to drink. Sure, it is better fit for consumption before the reverse osmosis process but that does not mean the water is safe.

The disadvantages of reverse osmosis are much more greater in models that are designed primarily for home usage. The machines not only waste a large amount of water but waste is at the rate of five gallons of water for every one gallon cleaned. Also, the system runs on electricity and you are going to discover that your electricity bill has increased as well.

What alternatives are there? Well, for one, you will want a home water purification system that does the job that reverse osmosis fails to do. A multi-stage filtering system will help you rid the risk of these contaminations and a good purification system must have this filtering system in place.

The best units will feature both an activated granular carbon and a multimedia filter which will remove any threats created from chlorine and other chemicals. It should also make use of a sub-micron filter which literally eliminates dangerous biological elements from the water. An ion exchange unit will give you the added benefit of removing toxic heavy metals such as lead and replacing it with healthy minerals.

Now that you know the disadvantages of reverse osmosis, now you know what better alternative is available for you.
About the Author
Peter Patterson is a health researcher and specializes on water purification. He currently is a contributing editor for The Truth About Water Filters , a site that offers consumer guidance on the best countertop water filter for your home and much more.
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