Did you know that your drinking water may contain particles and substances other than H20 molecules? These substances, collectively called Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), may come from both organic and inorganic sources. Organic TDS may be in the form of silt, leaves, plankton, industrial waste, pesticides, and fertilizer. Inorganic TDS, on the other hand, range from rocks, minerals, salts, dissolved salts forming ions, and metals such as lead and copper that the water takes with it as it runs through pipes.
The EPA sets 500 parts per million (PPM) as the maximum contamination level for TDS and the ideal for drinking water range from 0-50 PPM. This cleanliness level is made possible by an effective water purification system: Reverse Osmosis (RO). Using great pressure, RO forces water against a semi-permeable membrane that allows water molecules to pass while leaving behind contaminants and impurities such as, but not limited to, heavy metals, microorganisms, salt, nitrates, and pesticides. It rids the water of unpleasant taste and odor, gives it a crystal-clear appearance, and helps foods and water-based beverages retain flavors at their best.
With ROs ability to eliminate 95%-99% of contaminants, it’s considered as the most effective water purification technology at present. Aside from purifying waters for residential use, RO is also utilized in industry-based large-scale water purification to reduce operating costs associated with equipment damage caused by water contaminants.