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Mar 12, 2020

Water Filter vs Reverse Osmosis

The Pure Water Systems Blog

Healthy water comes in different forms and variations, so when looking for the best solution for your home, you want to find the best option for your personal needs. One of the most commonly asked questions regarding water filtration is “what is the difference between a water filter and a reverse osmosis system?” So, we’re here to give you the in’s and out’s of both so you can make an informed decision.

How does carbon water filtration work?

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Water filtration is the process of reducing or removing contaminants from the water by using a filter to physically block contaminants from coming through, as well as reducing chemicals through the adsorption process. Our carbon filtration method uses water pressure to force the water through an activated carbon filter, removing micro-organisms, unpleasant water taste or odour, and contaminants such as chlorine; helping to retain healthy minerals and effectively remove potentially harmful contaminants.

Whilst water filters may look the same, the quality of the filter you purchase, as well as the stages and actions of filtration it provides, will make a big difference in the quality of water that you receive.

Our extensive range of filtration products vary from portable bench top options, to under sink systems, shower and bath water filters plus a variety of cartridges to suit your individual filtration needs. Our systems are an environmentally friendly and economical choice for healthy, safer and great tasting water.

What contaminants do carbon water filters effectively remove?

  • Chlorine
  • Unpleasant taste and odour
  • Dirt
  • Sediment
  • Rust
  • Parasites such as giardia & cryptosporidium
  • Heavy metals
  • Arsenic
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

How do reverse osmosis water purification systems work?

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Reverse osmosis (RO) is the ultimate in water filtration. This superior purifying process provides the highest quality water, conveniently at the turn of a tap. General tap water contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as pesticides and herbicides, heavy metals, endocrine disrupting chemicals such as fluoride, as well as hormones and parasite cysts.

Using a reverse osmosis system will reduce all of these contaminants significantly, protecting your body from absorbing them and potentially vitalising your body.

Firstly, the reverse osmosis water purification system filters the water through a carbon cartridge removing chlorine and sediment. Next is the purification stage where the water is pushed through a fine membrane (our Eco-Hero-50) designed to remove almost all contaminants, including lead, total dissolved solids (TDS) such as fluoride, recycled sewage water and more. Finally, water then flows through another carbon cartridge to polish the water before consumption, reducing 97% of all contaminants in your tap water. The RO process strips away minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the water, which is why it’s important to replace the nutrients with a healthy diet, and you also have the option to add an Remineraliser Cartridge to your system.

Our 4 or 5 stage Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Systems can be installed conveniently underneath your sink or provided in a completely portable option. Fitted with the Eco-Hero 50, this membrane has up to 300% improved water efficiency in comparison to older style membranes resulting in reduced wastewater production. Easy to maintain and economical, the RO systems generally requires cartridge replacement every 6-12 months depending on water quality. 

What contaminants can our reverse osmosis systems reduce?

  • Copper 98.5%
  • Fluoride 93.6%
  • Arsenic 88.0%
  • Barium 96.3%
  • Selenium 97.9%
  • Total Dissolved Solids Reduction 90.8%
  • Cadmium 99.1%
  • Lead 98.6%
  • Chromium Cr 6 96.4%
  • Turbidity 99.1%
  • Chlorine 95%

The difference between water filtration and reverse osmosis purification 

The difference between reverse osmosis and carbon filtration is the presence of the high-quality reverse osmosis membrane. Activated carbon filtration is most effective at removing or reducing impurities and contaminants such as chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds, poor taste and odour from water.

Reverse osmosis membranes can remove viruses, bacteria, and parasites in addition to TDS, heavy metals, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, unpleasant odour and taste.

Our friendly team can help you identify which product is best suited for your lifestyle, location and water type.

Our stylish, modern 3 way mixer taps and stand alone filtered faucet range can complement the style of your kitchen, laundry or bathroom so you can enjoy filtered water at the turn of a tap. 

What does Pure Water Systems offer?

  • 3-year parts and labour warranty on most products (excludes the RO-5U)
  • Pure Quality Guarantee
  • Economical alternative for healthy, great tasting water
  • Fully portable or can be plumbed directly underneath the sink
  • Superior performance specifically designed for Australian Water
  • The latest in reverse osmosis membrane technology
  • High quality parts and fittings

If you still have questions about reverse osmosis, you can give our friendly team a call on 1300 896 526 or get in touch.

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