When the results from a comprehensive water quality test show that your well water has heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals, pesticides or Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system for the whole house vs POU? may be recommended to reduce/eliminate these contaminants from your drinking water.
Reverse Osmosis uses pressure to force pure water across a membrane, leaving the impurities behind. Many Reverse Osmosis systems include 4-5 stages of filtration:
Stage 1 – removes sediment including dust and rust, which helps extend the life of the RO membrane.
Stages 2 and 3 – Carbon block filters – removes chlorine, odors, tastes and any discoloration or cloudiness, as well as VOC (volatile organic compounds) and other chemicals from the water.
Stage 4 – high rejection TFC RO membrane – removes a wide range of contaminants including arsenic, bacteria, lead, fluoride, chromium, and radium among others.
Stage 5 – refining Carbon filter – removes any possible residual taste from the water before it enters the storage tank.
Why Use Reverse Osmosis to Filter Your Well Water?
Reverse osmosis is highly effective in removing several impurities from water such as total dissolved solids (TDS), turbidity, asbestos, lead and other toxic heavy metals, radium, and many dissolved organics that other conventional water treatment methods cannot address. The process will also remove chlorinated pesticides and most heavier-weight VOCs. Reverse osmosis and activated carbon filtration are complementary processes. Combining them results in the most effective treatment against the broadest range of water impurities and contaminants.
For treating hard water, it is recommended to install a water softener in sequence with a reverse osmosis system. The high mineral content in hard water can clog the RO membrane, reducing its effectiveness. In addition, RO can also decrease the level of sodium in the water that was added in the water softening process.
Because reverse osmosis systems have the ability to remove 95-99% of well water impurities, RO can greatly improve the odor, appearance, and overall taste of your water.
What to Expect
Your service will be delivered by a SafeWell Professional. You can expect the following:
- Consultation with a SafeWell Water Quality Manager
- Request quotes for service
- Receive several quotes from professionals via email
- Schedule an appointment for installation
- Pre-screened professional arrives at your home
- Installs and tests system
- You pay service provider directly
- Follow up phone discussion
- Rate your service experience on SafeWell