Reverse Osmosis In Our Life

Topics: Drinking water, Water, Reverse osmosis Pages: 3 (858 words) Published: January 18, 2015
Joanna Packham
ENG 111

Reverse Osmosis in Our Life

My husband and I installed a reverse osmosis drinking water system in our home. I have traveled a lot recently and met lots of people including engineers on the yachts that thought me a lot abut reverse osmosis systems. They explained to me that RO are declining in popularity because they remove the minerals as well the impurities from the water. Long-term consumption of filtered water had negative health effects. I was asking myself is RO water really harmful?  I was very curious what is the true and I did my research and I found World Health Organization's report on water sanitation and demineralization. Here's what I learned. Reverse osmosis systems use pressure to push water through tiny pores, to create "pure water." In the process, chemicals, bacteria, and minerals are filtered through different membranes and carbon filters. Drinking water treated with reverse osmosis or other filtration systems has many advantages. If you are traveling aboard, are camping somewhere in the woods or in an area with bacteria or parasite-laden water, reverse osmosis systems allow contaminant removal, and safe drinking water. If you live in an area with heavy pesticides and herbicides use, reverse osmosis can remove these substances from your water. The U.S. NAVY and many yachts traveling around the word have used reverse osmosis systems to change salt water into fresh water for troops, captains, guests, crew etc., and some countries use this technology during floods and relief efforts. However, there are disadvantages. Many reverse osmosis systems remove the good minerals with the bad ones. Included iron, calcium, manganese, and fluoride but not limited are a few of the beneficial chemicals that may be removed, depending on your system. Removing these essential elements from our drinking water doesn't cause much of a problem, since a well-rounded diet will provide these as well. However, many of us do not eat a diet...

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