Frequently Asked Questions

Reverse Osmosis

How does a Reverse Osmosis filter system remove most impurities from water?

Firstly water goes through a sediment filter, which reduces sediment, dirt, and rust. The next filter is a carbon filter, which reduces odour and taste, as well as chlorine, lead, and other metals. The third and most important filter in the process is the membrane. Reverse Osmosis forces water under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane, effectively reducing dissolved solids and contaminants, producing a clear, healthier drinking water. R.O uses no chemicals or electricity. It is considered to be the most effective technology known for the improvement of drinking water.

How often do I have to change my filters on my 4-Stage R.O 50gpd filter system?

In general, for water in urban centers we change the Pre-filters twice per year. This would be a 5-micron sediment filter and a 5-micron carbon block. The inline post carbon filter needs to be changed once a year, to ensure no bacteria growth. Reverse Osmosis membranes last between 3 and 5 years in city applications.

If we purchase a system, how do we know when to change the filters? Does Water Solutions provide a reminder service?

Water Solutions provides their customers with phone calls or emails to advise when filter are due for a change. This provides our customers with a “worry free” water program. Many office customers are set up for cooler cleaning and filter changes automatically and billed semi-annually. Only 2 bills a year from your water company. Think of the savings..

Can we hook up our Reverse Osmosis system to my fridge?

Yes, you can hook up these purification units to fridges. We recommend you do not use copper lines. Always use plastic tubing. RO water is considered to be hungry water since it is so pure. The water may leach out minerals from the copper lines and cause foul tasting Water and ice cubes.

I do not have any room for a Reverse Osmosis System under my kitchen sink. Can it be installed anywhere else?

RO systems can also be installed downstairs, in utility rooms, and garages. The main criteria are we must be able to run a water line from faucet or cooler to the water system. With RO systems, access to a drain must also be available. The line can run up to 50 ft away. For longer distances, Demand pumps can be added.

Will Iron damage my RO system?

Yes, Iron will plug up an RO system. A water softener will remove small amounts of iron, no more than 2 ppm. And if iron level is higher than this, Water Solutions can supply a non-chemical Pyrollux Iron Filter.

Will My RO system work on hard water?

YES, RO systems work on hard water, but hard water does shorten the life span of the membranes. Membranes typically last over 5 years, but on hard water life cycle may be decreased 2-3 years.

Does the temperature of incoming water effect the production of the RO membranes?

Yes, the incoming water temperature has huge effects on RO production. The colder the incoming water, the worse the production.  Click here to see a chart showing the effect of temperature on reverse osmosis systems.