Producing Drinking Water Using Reverse Osmosis Although Reverse Osmosis seems like a complex system it is really a simple and straightforward water filtration process. And it’s not a new process. High-pressure (pump driven) reverse osmosis systems have been used for years to desalinate* water – to convert brackish or seawater to drinking water. Having a better understanding of how a reverse osmosis system works will eliminate the mystery and confusion you may feel when you look at a reverse osmosis system with its many colored tubes and multitude of filters. Read on to enhance your knowledge of residential reverse osmosis systems.
The main reason to change to a higher flow reverse osmosis membrane is to improve the recovery rate which is to reduce the amount of time it takes to refill the storage tank. This insures that there is adequate water available during times of heavy usage or when the reverses osmosis system may feed more than one location such as an ice maker and a dispensing faucet. Changing to a higher flow membrane has no effect on the quality of the water your reverse osmosis system makes or the length of time the reverse osmosis membrane will last. The change to a higher capacity membrane is easy. You simply replace your old membrane with a new, higher capacity membrane, along with the correctly sized drain line flow restrictor. (Matching the membrane with the correctly sized drain line flow restrictor is important to ensure the proper product to waste ratio is meet. A mis-matched combination will allow either excess water to flow to the drain or cause premature fouling of the membrane.) Most standard reverse osmosis membrane housings will accommodate membranes ranging in capacities from 10 – 150 gallons per day.
A complete listing of standard residential reverses osmosis membranes and corresponding drain line flow controls is on our membrane page or review the flow control guideline chart for residential reverse osmosis membranes on our parts page.
We carry replacement filters and membranes for most major brands of Reverse Osmosis systems. View our list of Reverse Osmosis Filters by brands that we carry. We also have new Reverse Osmosis Systems available to purchase. See the features and benefits of each type of Reverse Osmosis System.