Reverse Osmosis: Making Water Fit for Drinking

Water covers approximately 70% of the earth’s surface, according to Even so, the majority of the earth’s water is not readily available for drinking. Most of it is saltwater, and even the freshwater that is so abundant in lakes, rivers, and streams is not always pure or safe enough to be considered fit for human consumption. In fact, a whole host of water-borne viruses await those who drink untreated water.

Boiling water may suffice, especially in less-developed areas where water treatment facilities are scarce. Yet for most people, a more efficient and effective way of purifying water is to have residential reverse osmosis systems installed along their home’s water supply pipeline. In reverse osmosis, water is sieved into membranes that prohibit the passage of chemicals and other contaminants.

Water treated this way is made safer for consumption. Indeed, some studies point to reverse osmosis technology’s ability to effectively remove lead, a dangerous chemical that can cause nerve and muscle damage, infertility, and high blood pressure when ingested in large quantities. As such, installing a water purifier is a wise investment that ensures one’s drinking water at home is devoid of impurities that might cause all sorts of health problems.


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