The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water.
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. After all, it removes contaminants and that’s the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water – though admittedly free of contaminants – …
Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and it’s wonderful to see the heroic relief efforts of individuals and the large-scale aid that has been arriving since the Tropical storm hit.
Helping Those in Need
Among the companies delivering assistance – in this case 1 million bottles of water – is Nestlé, in an act of charity that will help to repair its image after recent negative publicity.
Big Companies With Big Hearts
There was also a big-hearted offer from Blackwater Draw Brewing Company, promising that affected residents could collect as much water as they needed. But this isn’t regular water – it’s reverse osmosis water, used in the brewing …
Reverse osmosis water units are important in survival situations or in war zones where the usual water infrastructure has broken down, for example. The idea is that dirty water is pumped through a semi-permeable membrane, which removes salt, some bacteria and other contaminants.
Want the Good News First?
The good news? It works. Nearly everything is removed from the water. The bad news? That includes the good stuff — the elements we need our drinking water to contain.
That’s not a problem in the very short term. However, drinking reverse osmosis water as our main source of hydration carries a real risk of denying our bodies the essential minerals we need to thrive.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 24, 2016 12:00 pm
We really hope that you’re all enjoying our “How Does an Ionizer Compare to…” series as much as we’re loving putting it together! We try to be as big on information as we are broad, so hopefully you feel as though you’re getting a clear picture and enough pointers to make an informed decision.
With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at a well-known alternative to a water ionizer – a reverse osmosis system.
We’ve written about Reverse Osmosis (RO) water here before, and truth be told, it hasn’t always been in exactly glowing terms. In short, RO water is entirely free of vital minerals, so while it’s great in an emergency, drinking it frequently, over any significant period of time, can actually cause harm.
Bringing Dead Water Back to Life?
But here’s an interesting thing. Reverse Osmosis water can be revived from it’s somewhat “dead” state by flowing through an ionizer. RO water is clean, but devoid of goodness. Running clean Reverse Osmosis water through your ionizer will re-mineralize and stabilize the water, making it safe and good to drink, …
Posted by: William Poole On April 30, 2016 9:00 am
Reverse osmosis. It’s a fancy scientific term to describe a process of water purification, but most people probably don’t know what reverse osmosis (RO) actually is.
That, in itself, is an issue because without understanding the process it is difficult to see the disadvantages of reverse osmosis. After reading this, you will understand that reverse osmosis water is not safe for human consumption long term, nor for the environment.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis is a process of removing contaminant from source water by applying pressure and running the water through a series of artificial, semi-permeable membranes. It is used around the world for many different water purification purposes.
At home RO machines are commonly used to “improve” …
Reverse osmosis (RO) is a method of producing clean, drinkable water from seawater, brackish water or any kind of water that contains impurities that untreated, renders it unsuitable for safe drinking.
It is produced by pumping water through a semi-permeable membrane, which removes undesirable elements such as salt, effluent, bacteria and particle matter. Excellent, right? Well, yes and no. Let’s take a closer look.
What’s in RO Water?
Not a lot. Almost everything gets removed. And that includes the good stuff. In order to make sure the toxic and undrinkable constituents don’t make it into the drinking water, the minerals that your body needs also get filtered out. Short …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 23, 2016 9:00 am
A quick read about Reverse Osmosis water and it sounds great…the water is filtered to remove any of the bad stuff, and what splashes into your glass is pure and clean liquid refreshment. Well yes, it is. But that’s all it is. It’s the watery equivalent of a wasteland. No life, no minerals. But you could manage without them, maybe? Take a supplement?
Well, yes you could, but the news about Reverse Osmosis water gets worse. Not only is it “dead” water, in that it doesn’t deliver anything beneficial to your system except for simple hydration, but it is so mineral-deprived that it actually scavenges minerals from your body. …
Yesterday we looked at the way in which the process of Reverse Osmosis works to purify water. In a nutshell, this is how RO works: water is forced by pressure through a semi-permeable membrane that allows the water molecules to pass through but not larger molecules like iron, salts and minerals.
The final product is water that contains fewer impurities, but also has had all the important minerals and salts filtered out. As mentioned yesterday, many industries rely on non-corrosive RO water for use in the manufacture of their products.
Moreover, drinking water purified by this process requires that those minerals be reintroduced into the water to make it healthier.