Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration

We all need clean water and because of the unreliable nature of water purity from municipal sources, we need to take our own measures to ensure that we have only safe clean water to drink. Many people solve their water problems by buying water from the supermarket in plastic containers of various sizes. Some people recycle these containers but many don’t. While recycling plastic bottles is a good way of reusing manufactured material, there are secondary problems. Sometimes bottles are recycled to create fiber for clothing such as fleece. But what happens then? The fleece is worn, it is eventually discarded and because it is essentially plastic, it will not break down and become a natural part of the soil. Recycling bottles also uses precious energy which needs to be conserved as much as possible. The best solution is to avoid getting your water from bottles in the first place.

If you get water from the tap, purify it and stop wasting resources on bottles that don’t decay then you will have the clean water you need without wasting energy and creating material that is not biodegradable.

Many harmful contaminates can be found in water. Bacterial, chemical and parasitic contamination need to be eliminated. The Natural Resources Defense Council discusses the use of reverse osmosis drinking water filtration. Two dangerous parasites that can be eliminated are Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Dangerous chemicals that can be filtered out are arsenic, barium, cadmium, copper, lead and mercury, nitrate, perchlorate and selenium. Reverse osmosis drinking water filtration systems generally come with an ultraviolet disinfection add on that can get rid of any remaining bacteria and parasites. The Reverse Osmosis purification method is highly effective at contamination removal, while being cost effective as well but it does use a lot of water so if you are planning to install this type of system in an arid area, you might consider gray-water recycling to balance water usage.

Reverse osmosis drinking water filtration systems can be purchased at major stores for under $150. If you calculate the savings you will get when you stop purchasing bottled water, I’m sure you will realize that you will recoup the expense of your investment in a matter of weeks. And for your troubles, you will be making an important contribution to caring for our planet, the only one we have to live on.