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Exactly What A Reverse Osmosis System Can Filter From Your Water

Reverse osmosis is a high-tech and cutting edge system that uses basic chemistry to give you the purest drinking water possible. For the same reasons why it is effective, it is also often misunderstood. Many people have misconceptions about the limitations of a reverse osmosis system, and a common question is, "What can a reverse osmosis system filter out of my water, and what can't it?" Here are three categories of impurities, and whether or not one of these cool systems can oust it from your drinking water. 

Organic Compounds

This list is about as long as the massive Organic Chemistry textbook every medical student has had to lug around at one point or another. Organic compounds are easily filtered out by a reverse osmosis apparatus because the system often uses a carbon filter in addition to the RO mechanism. The carbon filter attracts and traps organic compounds like ethylene and dissolved methane, among other nasty compounds that you definitely don't want to be drinking. 


This group of pollutants includes not just your ordinary table salt, but also far nastier stuff. Salts can contain sodium and chloride, but also potassium, lead, aluminum, and other harmful chemicals. Luckily, reverse osmosis takes care of these materials, because they are too large to get through the super fine membrane that your drinking water is forced through to get into your cup, bottle, or sink. In addition, the molecules that would be able to get through are drawn away by an electromagnetic current formed by the membrane, increasing filtration even more. 

Other Harmful Compounds

Some compounds and elements you might not even know about are lurking in your water, including asbestos, arsenic, mercury, and others. All of these compounds are very hard to break down, and some will never break down. For this reason, these materials can stay in your water supply for decades without being taken out. Thankfully, one of the best ways to rid your drinking water of these materials is via a reverse osmosis system. 

Don't take a chance with your health in regards to your drinking water, because straight from the tap, it can contain a whole host of pollutants. Reverse osmosis can filter the overwhelming majority of these materials using a variety of methods, including carbon filtration, a superfine membrane, and even electromagnetic forces. It's no secret that reverse osmosis is the best way to get all of the nasty chemicals out of your water efficiently and completely. (for more information, contact Chambliss Plumbing Company)