Why would I want reverse osmosis drinking water?

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“Oh, I drink nothing but bottled water so I should be safe”.

In the United States today there are no rules or regulations governing the bottled water industry. Tests conducted on some bottled water have shown the water is contaminated the same as your tap water. In fact, bottling water straight from the tap has been found in some instances or just a simple single stage filter to clean the water.

Municipal Water Systems

Even though municipal water systems are over seen by the government. Do you really trust your life to our government?

The municipal water systems of today are becoming increasingly dangerous to our health. The supply sides of the systems are deteriorating at an alarming rate. In many of the older systems the pipes are made of clay and lead. Chemicals are added in an attempt to make the water safer for us to drink. Success in this area has been dismal to say the least. Many times on the news you hear about a municipal water system that is contaminated.

Some testing of municipal water systems has found as many as 2,100 different chemicals in the water that you drink every day. Just imagine after years and years of drinking this type of water the amount of chemicals that have accumulated in your body.

Some of the more common types of elements found are:
hydrogen sulfide
pesticides and herbicides
sodium/chloride beryllium
volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)

Some municipal water companies add chlorine to the water. Did you know that the cancer risk of people drinking chlorinated water is 93% greater than those who do not (US Council of Environmental Quality)? Some municipalities have been found to have too much chlorine added in the water so ammonia is added to offset the effects of the chlorine.

Why would I want reverse osmosis drinking water?

Your Body

Do you realize that the largest component of the body is water? Water or H2O makes up 45 to 75% of our body weight, with the difference primarily in body fat. While most tissues including muscle, skin, and visceral organs are more than 70% water, adipose tissue (fat) contains less than 10% water.

The reason the percentages of water in the body is variable between people is due to the amount of body fat on us. In the average adult male (not fat) around 60% of the body weight is water. The rest of the body weight consists of 22-24% protein with 16-18% fat, carbohydrate and other solids. The female typically has less water to body ratios because of the amount of subcutaneous fat. That is a layer of fat just under the dermis layer.

A good rule of a thumb to remember about the proper consumption of water is approximately thirteen cups per day for men and nine cups for a woman. This does not take into effect things like exercising, the temperature, working without air conditioning, etc.


Consuming quality purified water is yet another stepping stone to achieving good health.

Why Use Reverse Osmosis (RO)

This process has been scientifically proven to be the most advanced purification process for our water. This process of purifying water has the most health benefits. The reduction of heavy metals and chemicals is around 98%to 99%. Bacteria and viruses are non existent. This whole process is very easy for the common home owner to maintain.

What Is Reverse Osmosis (RO)

Reverse osmosis technology is used to separate and remove dissolved contaminates from water through the use of a semipermeable membrane. RO is the reversal flow through a membrane from a highly concentrated solution to the high purity, or permeate streams on the other side of the membrane. The driving force causing this separation is pressure. The pressure that must be applied must be in excess of the osmotic pressure of the dissolved contaminants to allow flow across the membrane.

Most of the membranes used are made of spiral wound membranes tightly packed filter material sandwiched between mesh spacers and wrapped in a small-diameter tube to process the water. The membrane’s operating conditions are such that around 99.8% to 99.9% of the water is left with no contaminants.

Installation and Maintenance

The common installation of a RO system is to place the system under the sink. These units can be installed by any home owner that has a little bit of plumbing experience. I installed my 6 stage unit with no problem and I am no plumber. I also tapped into the hose going up to the RO faucet and connected a hose to my input line for my ice cube maker. The ice cubes now come out crystal clear.

Typically the pre filters are changed from 9 to 12 months depending on water usage. With the pre filters being changed on a regular schedule, the membrane can last from 3 to 9 years. Most of the filters can be found at your local hardware store.


These units can cost approximately $160 to $600 or more for non commercial applications. These costs are greatly offset compared to the cost of bottled water. If you spend between $30 to $35 per month for bottled water that comes to $400 per year. This is an on going price gradually increasing year after year. The average cost for a gallon of RO water is around $.02 to $.04 and that’s including the filter changes. You work out the math.

In Closing

Some other uses for RO water are washing all your fruits and vegetablesice, coffee making, baby-formula, pets, dieting, cooking and many other uses. Do you have an aquarium that is giving you fits keeping the water clean? Try reverse osmosis water, you will be amazed.

Now that you know a bit about reverse osmosis system, you can probably see why it is necessary. It provides many people with safe and tasty drinking water, among other things. Hopefully, you now have a greater appreciation for reverse osmosis.