UltraPure Definition Spotlight: What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a water filtration process used to remove a large quantity of contaminants from water for many different uses. This technology cleans the water of chemicals and other dissolved solids to make it usable with commercial and industrial grade cleaning systems and humidifiers.

To better understand how this process works, it is worth it to know how it differs from natural osmosis. During osmosis, less concentrated solutions will move into higher concentrated solutions to balance out the gradient. Imagine placing a raisin into a cup of water. Over time the raisin will swell up from the water moving through the outer skin to balance out the gradient of the environment.

Reverse osmosis is the complete opposite – instead of water moving from low to high, pressure is applied to the water molecules to allow movement from high to low concentrations. This process will filter out the dissolved solids and other contaminants to produce a very clean and purified water.


Benefits of Using a Reverse Osmosis Water System

Healthier and Safer Water

Quality reverse osmosis water systems will purify up to 95% of the contaminants and particles found in water. The only reason why this does not achieve 100% is because standard reverse osmosis systems are not made to purify water completely.

When water is this pure, it allows for people to be able to drink it and use it with their home applications. There are also individuals who participate in fish keeping as a hobby that will use this type of water for their aquariums. Cleaner water results in a cleaner environment for their fish, and anything less could result in deadly bacteria that can harm their pets.

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reverse osmosis water systems help prevent any contaminations and particles found in water.

Prevention of Airborne Bacteria, White Dust, and Rust

The contaminants and particles found in non-treated water can be the cause of many problems found in homes and business/industrial enterprises. When water is not treated correctly for home use, the particles in the air may contain airborne diseases that can affect everyone. However in a data centers or medical labs that fails to use purified water will see formation of white dust, static discharge, and formation of rust.

Although there are other factors that may contribute to these problems, the general understanding is that purified water will greatly remove any chances for these instances to occur.

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Prevent any airborne bacteria with reverse osmosis water system.


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Cost-Effective Water Purification

For home use, water purification with reverse osmosis systems is a whole lot more cost-effective than pitcher filters. Pitcher filters will always miss some contaminants, and overtime will cost more with the constant purchase of the replacement filters.

In business/commercial enterprises there are uses for distilled water which can be bought as distilled water from local stores. However, these costs can add up over time and result in much more money spent with the amount of water that is used. Instead of purchasing countless supply of distilled water, it is much smarter to purchase and operate a filtration system that can filter an unlimited amount of water.


If you are looking to dramatically improve the quality of water used with your humidification systems then a reverse osmosis water system may be right for you. Speak with one of our specialists at UltraPure Systems to determine the best system for you today.

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