While the benefits of reverse osmosis are making it a standard in the foodservice industry, you can also use an RO system to give your home cooking an added boost.
The disadvantages of reverse osmosis filtration
So while it is the most effective water filtration technique on the market — preventing particles as small as fluoride from entering your water — it’s also inefficient from an eco-friendly standpoint.
Con #1: More water wasted
According to the EPA, “Reverse osmosis units use approximately three times as much water as they treat,” which may be reflected on your water bill. In fact, some household reverse osmosis systems only recover between 5%-15% of the water they filter.
Additionally, there aren’t many options for the proper disposal of wastewater. You can dispose of the wastewater into the sea, but for those who are landlocked, you should consider an evaporation system to avoid runoff or groundwater contamination, as it can be detrimental to the ecosystem.
Con #2: Some noticeable pressure drop
While the Aquasana SmartFlow™ Reverse Osmosis features a reliable flow rate of 0.8 gallons per minute, many people who use alternative reverse osmosis filters experience a fairly noticeable pressure drop in their water flow rate.
Con #3: Loss of minerals
Reverse osmosis is such a powerful filtration method, that in addition to contaminants, it also removes healthy minerals. By removing good minerals from your water, it loses some of the health benefits and can also have an off taste which makes it less enjoyable to drink. To counteract this, some systems, like the Aquasana SmartFlow™ Reverse Osmosis, include a remineralizer to restore beneficial minerals that would otherwise be lost.
Is reverse osmosis worth it?
Reverse osmosis is a popular method of water filtration, but it comes with pros and cons that each person will need to consider to determine if an RO filter is right for them. If you’re looking for maximum contaminant removal in the water you use for cooking and drinking, you’ll find that reverse osmosis filters are a great solution with more convenience than bottled water. However, you should be mindful that these systems create wastewater and some systems lower your water pressure and remove minerals.
At Aquasana, we take pride in making our reverse osmosis system the most efficient, reliable, and durable water filtration system on the market. The SmartFlow™ Reverse Osmosis filter reduces 15x the contaminants of the leading pitcher filter brand. Plus, with the included remineralizer, you’ll get healthy amounts of calcium, magnesium and potassium for optimally alkaline, pH balanced water. Shop now to enjoy the benefits of reverse osmosis in your home.