The Covid-19 pandemic has posed many challenges to everyday life and one of them is being at home for prolonged periods of time. With all the family members being home, naturally the water consumption, usage of washrooms, and need for washing laundry increases. Even though the Covid-19 virus is not water borne, you still want access to clean water.
Much of our water is hard due to high mineral content; whether it is from a well or any other source, it needs to be treated before use. This is because hard water leaves deposits and scaling on utensils, faucets, sinks, washrooms, and so on. It may also damage your hair. The increased consumption of water and the problems related to hard water both have spiked the demand for good quality water filtration systems with reverse osmosis being the most sought after. This post discusses how reverse osmosis softens and conditions hard water and more.
Household Tasks Which Require Clean and Soft Water
Pre-Rona, most people were not home the whole day and the consumption of water in homes was much less than now. With more time being spent at home, tasks and chores have increased in frequency increasing water volume demand during the pandemic.
- Drinking Water: In the past, most of us took water bottled water to work or consumed the water supplied by the workplace. With this pandemic pushing us to stay at home, we consume the water from our home for all the 24 hours whenever required. Most of us did not realize how nasty our water at home tasted.
- Cooking: Most of us in the initial months of the pandemic experimented with our cooking skills. So naturally the water consumed for this task was also more than what was required previously.
- Dishwashers: With everyone at home and eating all meals at home, the number of dishes and utensils increased.
- Washing Machines: The amount of dirty clothes as well as the need and frequency of washing increased during the pandemic. This was especially more common in homes where young kids were present or those working in essential services market segments.
- Washrooms/bathrooms: This was used by all family members through the day and night. Constantly washing hands with soap increased as well.
- Cleaning: Keeping the house became all the more essential and included daily vacuum, cleaning and mopping.
- Outside Activities: This can relate to irrigation, gardening, washing vehicles, playing in sprinklers, and whatever else we did when the family grew tired of Netflix. Houses were painted and pressure washed which all of these activities created a huge surge in water consumption.
With increasing need for clean and soft water, the demand for reverse osmosis water filtration systems has increased drastically. The next section introduces you to two important RO water filtration systems.
Types of Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration Systems
There are primarily two types of reverse osmosis systems: Point-of-Entry (POE) aka whole house systems and Point-of-Use (POU) aka under sink systems.
- Whole House Reverse Osmosis Systems: A single unit is installed for the entire house. Since this is one system treating all the taps and faucets of the residence, the system is needs to be sized properly. These systems will have one or more large RO membrane(s). In order to push this water though the membrane, a pump is required which does require electricity. This needs to be considered when making a site location selection. The treated water is stored in a large tank and a repressurization pump is used to supply the purified though the home. The major advantage with this system is it supplies the very best water to every faucet. The waste water can also be stores and utilized for irrigation, cleaning, or other needs the consumer sees fit.
- Point-of-Use Reverse Osmosis Systems: These are individual systems installed separately for each sink or basin in the house. Usually, this is a 4-stage RO system which comprises four types of filters- sediment, precarbon, RO membrane, and post carbon/TCR filter. The sediment filter removes the particulate matter and dirt. The carbon filter removes chlorine and other chemical compounds which may attack with the membrane. The RO membrane reduces the presence of dissolved minerals, dissolved salts, heavy metals and other organic and inorganic impurities. These membranes fitted on each system are small and the existing water pressure pushes the water through the membrane. The post carbon TCR filter improves the taste and quality of water which may otherwise have a stale taste from demineralization of the RO membrane. The water stream with the heavy contaminants are rejected and diverted to a drain line attached to the system.
Are you looking for a good water purification system for your home or office? Consider reverse osmosis. Especially, if you have hard or high dissolved solids in your water. This would be useful even after the pandemic is behind us as reverse osmosis can reduce most contaminants to nean non-detectible levels. It is encouraged that you source these systems from a known and certified manufacturer and supplier who also offers end-to-end services and post-sales services as well. Intec America is one such player offering high-quality residential and commercial water treatment solutions. Intec America was the first company to commercialize the copper ionization technology developed by NASA for sanitizing pools and spas.