What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. It can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water. This includes bacteria and is used in industrial cleaning processes and the production of potable water (drinking water). Reverse osmosis is most commonly known for its use in producing drinking water (purification) from seawater. This is done by removing the salt and other effluent materials from the water molecules. RO systems are capable of removing up to 99%+ of the dissolved salts (ions), particles, colloids, organics, bacteria and pyrogens from the feed water (although an RO system should not be relied upon to remove 100% of bacteria and viruses).