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Reverse Osmosis vs Filtration

Water Treatment Simplified: Filtration vs. Reverse Osmosis

It can be difficult to choose the appropriate water treatment system. This guide provides a comparison between filtration and reverse osmosis (RO) systems, highlighting their advantages, disadvantages, and the ideal scenarios where they are best suited. You can learn how to select the most suitable option for your particular requirements and get to enjoy drinking water that is cleaner and healthier!

What is a water filtration system?

Water filtration is a process that removes impurities such as sediment, chlorine, heavy metals, and other contaminants from water. This is achieved through a single or multi-stage filtration process. The solution is cost-effective, easy to install, and maintain. Due to its simplicity, it is a popular choice for those who want to improve the taste, odor, and clarity of their tap water. Moreover, water filtration systems often preserve the beneficial minerals that are naturally present in the water.

Water filtration is an essential product for anyone who enjoys the taste of spring water. This process helps to reduce potential health risks such as asbestos fibers, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia Cysts from your tap water. Some filters also reduce lead, nitrates, arsenic, fluoride, barium, cadmium, mercury, TDS (total dissolved solids), and other heavy metals. Most are NSF certified and validated by WQA Gold Seal. This filter is great for those who want to transform their tap water into safe, great-tasting, great-smelling drinking water. We recommend changing this filter once a year to ensure optimal performance.

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What is the difference between water filtration and reverse osmosis?

If you prefer the taste of distilled water, reverse osmosis is a good choice for you. Reverse osmosis is a water purification system that uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove a wide range of contaminants, such as dissolved solids, bacteria, and viruses. This system is known for its ability to purify water effectively, which can result in a better taste by eliminating unpleasant odors and flavors. However, using RO systems can be slightly more expensive, both in terms of initial purchase and ongoing filter replacements. Additionally, they produce purified water more slowly and remove minerals from the water. 

As discussed earlier, the water goes through three filtration stages, which leaves it in excellent condition. After the water passes through the first three stages, it is pushed through a semi-permeable membrane that has a size of 1/10,000 microns. To put that into perspective, one hair follicle is 50 microns. This membrane is the key component of your reverse osmosis water system because it completely removes all impurities, leaving your Total Dissolved Solids count at less than 10.

The fifth and final stage of the reverse osmosis process is an in-line taste and odor filter. This system enhances the taste and smell of the water, resulting in the highest quality drinking water.

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Is a water filter enough for my needs?

Numerous homeowners often ponder the question, “Will a water filter be enough for my requirements?” The answer to this question varies depending on your individual needs. If your primary concern is to enhance water’s taste and smell or remove basic contaminants such as chlorine, then a water filtration system is sufficient. However, if you have specific health concerns or live in areas that have high levels of contaminants, then an RO system is a better choice for you.

What does reverse osmosis water taste like?

A frequently asked question is whether RO water has a good taste. Although RO water is effective in getting rid of impurities, some people may find it flat due to the removal of minerals. However, many of our customers prefer this taste. If you are concerned, remineralization filters can help to bring back the minerals. Furthermore, RO systems can handle well water, but you may need a pre-filtration system based on the quality of your well water.

finished installation of 5 stage water filter

To choose between water filtration and RO, it’s essential to consider your individual needs and priorities. Key factors include the level of contaminant removal required, your budget, the source, and your taste preferences. We’re here to assist you if you’re unsure about which system to choose. We can evaluate the quality of your water and suggest the most appropriate solution for attaining cleaner, healthier drinking water for your household.

Distillata offers a variety of water filtration and RO systems customized to your needs. Contact us for a free consultation and get crystal-clear drinking water!

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