Reverse Osmosis (R/O) is by far the most popular water treatment technology in use around the world today. Reverse Osmosis utilizes a technology called nano-filtration (typically .009 micron) to physically filter and remove virtually all suspended and dissolved material in water. The quality of R/O membranes vary but typically between 90% and 98% of all suspended materials (good and bad) are removed and flushed down the drain.
Reverse Osmosis and ionized Water are often thought of as polar opposites in terms of their effect on the water. (keep reading below for alkaline reverse osmosis)
Reverse Osmosis water is typically acidic and virtually mineral free while ionized water is high in pH and rich in alkalizing minerals. The negative impacts of more acid in the body are obvious and R/O does not help with this delicate alkaline balance.
Furthermore, some health experts feel that mineral-free water can be harmful and actually lead to de-mineralization of the body or force it to function at a mineral deficit. Pure water molecules attach to anything they contact and flush them from the body. The flushing that occurs could include beneficial alkaline minerals, which is detrimental to the alkaline balance. Add to this the concept that your body needs a source of available alkaline minerals to help balance its pH. Water from nature contains these minerals.
The concept then follows, if we drink pure water (devoid of minerals) we are much more likely to force our body to rob them from other places like the bones, teeth and cardiac system.
Reverse Osmosis Removes Natural Minerals
The good news with Reverse Osmosis is the fact that virtually all dangerous contaminants are removed so you get virtually pure water. There are however some very difficult issues with Reverse Osmosis – especially when you attempt to connect it to a water ionizer.
First, in addition to removing all the contaminants, Reverse Osmosis removes all the naturally occurring minerals from the water. Water ionization that makes alkaline water needs the naturals minerals to work. So a water ionizer will not work on R/O treated water.
Secondly, Reverse Osmosis membranes process a very small volume of water and need a storage tank for the water so it is available when you need it – limiting the amount of water available to you. Annual replacement of the filters ($150 retail) and bi-annual replacement of the R/O membrane is recommended.
water ionizers will not work downstream (or after) a Reverse Osmosis or distiller. Many homes with an ion-exchange softening system will have an Reverse Osmosis system. These systems remove virtually all the mineral content and leave the water with no conductivity. If you have an R/O or distiller, you will need to do one of the following:
- Bypass the system (if the source water meets the above Water Quality criteria)
- Install a Remineralization Cartridge after the Reverse Osmosis system
Alkaline Reverse Osmosis System
More and more people are coming to realize that the “perfect water” system would combine the purity of Reverse Osmosis with the tremendous benefits provided by alkaline, ionized water. Historically, this has not been easily achieved for a variety of reasons. The WQA certified experts at AlkaViva have solved the problem of combining these two phenomenal water technologies. Now you can have perfectly clean and perfectly healthy water!
With an extra large tank and re-mineralizer, this system is an ideal solution for water that is too hard or unhealthy as water is first thoroughly cleaned and then the beneficial minerals are added back in to the water. To keep your R.O. System functioning at an optimum level, its filters need to be changed annually. Additionally, the R/O. Membrane needs to be replaced every two years.
Alkaviva Filtration Products
Virtually all water ionizers contain some type of internal filtration. Alkaviva’s UltraWater filter is the industry leader and helps significantly reduce contamination in your water, there are a few contaminant-specific situations where some customers may wish to add other optional treatment techniques to improve the filtration. Your water experts at Alkaviva have created a line of water filtration products that address the most common problems found across the US. Using proven, traditional treatment techniques, we have specific products available for removal/reduction each of the following contaminants:
- Heavy Metals
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- E-Coli and Cyst
- Reverse Osmosis
- Virtually all known contaminants (Reverse Osmosis with a remineralization cartridge)