Pros and Cons of Reverse Osmosis Treated Water

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - by Water2Drink

We here at want to be sure you have the information you need to make an informed choice about your water filtration system. We want to talk to you, our customer, to gain insights into your water filtration needs, such as how many people will be using the filter, what type of water resource serves your area, and any potential health hazards in your water supply that must be addressed.  We strive to help you obtain the most efficient, cost-effective Multipure Water Filtration System to meet your personal needs.

We often receive inquiries about using a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system.  Many people are under the mistaken belief that, if removing dissolved contaminants is healthful, then removing ALL dissolved minerals will be even more healthful.  This is simply not the case.  While there are times when an RO system is exactly what is needed, most often an #RO system will remove the good with the bad, according to University of Wisconsin health family medicine physician Jacqueline Gerhart.

If you were to compare the pros and cons of an RO system, you would find the list to be somewhat unbalanced.  Very briefly, here is a short list of pros and cons that we came up with to help you understand that sometimes less is more.

The pros of having a Multipure 5-step Reverse Osmosis drinking water system include:
  • Removes certain contaminants that a carbon filter will not.  These include #fluoride, often added to municipal water to prevent tooth decay. You can see the entire list of contaminants removed by the Multipure AquaRO system here
  • Removes ALL dissolved natural minerals (for the rare occasion when someone has extraordinary or excessive levels of calcium, magnesium, sulphur, etc.)
However, there are many cons that must be considered as well. For example, an RO filter:
  • Removes HEALTHY levels of essential elements as well, such as calcium, iron and manganese. Most people need these naturally occurring dissolved minerals, especially infants and children
  • Leaves the water tasting “flat” or “lifeless”
  • Is inefficient – less than 20% of the filtered water is consumed, the rest goes to waste.  Waste can be mitigated by using a #Multipure “Zero Waste Kit;” however, this adds expense and complexity to the system
  • Is more expensive to purchase and maintain, and must be carefully maintained to protect the expensive RO membrane
  • Is more complicated to install; there are many more components than a carbon block filter
  • Requires more space under the sink – there is no countertop installation option and it also requires waste water disposal
  • Requires a special air-gap faucet that is larger than standard faucet, utilizes three hoses and comes only in a chrome finish
While certain circumstances dictate the use of a Multipure AquaRO drinking water system, most often your health goals can be better met by another Multipure product family.  Contact #Water2Drink today to ask questions and get answers to help you decide what is right for you.
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