Everyone’s heard about the importance of staying properly hydrated year-round — but what’s important to be aware of your drinking water quality. Recent national headlines about Michigan have highlighted the need for clean water that’s not just clean but also safe to drink, right now not all tap water is created equal. Environmental factors, aging infrastructure and climate change can all make an impact on an area’s drinking water adding dangerous levels of lead, some heavy metals, and other dangerous dissolved compounds. Having and using home technology that’s capable of reducing contaminants, additives and chemicals from your water can protect your health and give you greater peace of mind.
One article in the New York Times found that tap water in the US can contribute to skin rashes, erode tooth enamel, and often contains arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals. The article went on to report that “more than 62 million Americans had been exposed [from 2004-2009] to drinking water that didn’t meet at least one commonly used government health guideline intended to help protect people” from illness or disease. Even though this has only come into the national eye recently, the Associated Press reported back in 2009 that “although lead remains a serious problem in school drinking water, it’s far from the only one. The most frequently cited contaminant was coliform bacteria, followed by lead and copper, arsenic and nitrates.”
In fact, around the world, household drinking water purification systems, including a reverse osmosis step, are often used for improving the quality of water used for drinking and cooking.
What is Reverse osmosis? What is RO?
Reverse osmosis is pushing water through a specially designed membrane. The membrane is usually part of a larger filter system and can filter out a lot of the tiniest particles. The reverse osmosis membrane has very tiny openings, so tiny that can’t really be called holes, that prevent contaminants from getting into your water. Using a reverse osmosis filter allows your water to be that much cleaner and removes a lot of the tiniest particles, like dissolved elements and chemicals from getting into the water you drink
Some of the benefits of drinking reverse osmosis (RO) water:
- It’s free of lead…and a lot of other unsavory contaminants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “a reverse osmosis filtering system can effectively remove lead, thus making it safe for consumption.” RO systems will remove common chemical contaminants including sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, and lead; [they] may reduce arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous.
- It also filters out cryptosporidium. According to the CDC, reverse osmosis water does not contain cryptosporidium, a parasite found in contaminated water. Once ingested, this parasite affects the small intestines, causing stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.
- RO systems can have a positive environmental impact as well, since household RO units can curb the purchases of bottled water, which means less money spent and less plastic sitting in landfills.
Some of our best RO systems Allergy Buyers Club offers a great range of RO systems for your home.
The Bluewater Spirit Water Purification System offers commercial grade, second generation reverse osmosis technology for the home, making it great for those with larger families or chefs who demand a high volume of clean, safe drinking and cooking water. The SuperiorOsmosis™ water purification technology generates clean water 24 hours a day, using little energy and reducing the water wastage commonly associated with traditional reverse osmosis systems.
The Bluewater Cleone 2 prevents chlorine tasting water and reduces concern about chemical and biological contaminants in your families drinking water. With proven, built-to-last functionality, this reverse osmosis water purifier takes up minimal space but delivers big on clean, healthy water right from your kitchen tap.