The quality of your water source has a huge impact on the design of your water purification system, as well as the performance of each component. Never assume what’s in your source water. That’s why a comprehensive water analysis should be the first step for any well-designed water system.
Variables to Consider
Water quality is measured by a range of characteristics which may change, considering the water’s intended use. Some of the most important are
- Biological and naturally-occurring elements, ranging from bacteria and pH to iron and other minerals
- Pollutants and contaminants
- Solid particulates, such as silt.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s):
Why does the quality of my source water matter?
Your water quality determines which specific components are required for your system. For example, high levels of sediment may require using multimedia filters as pretreatment for your RO system.
I have municipal water feed. Can I assume it is safe to use for my RO system?
Never assume a municipal source, is completely safe to use. Municipal water usually contains higher levels of chlorine or chloramines. These will damage RO membranes, and must be removed.
My RO system doesn’t produce as much water in the winter. Why?
The optimum water temperature for RO system operation is 77°F. If the source water is colder than 77°F, RO product flow will decrease significantly. Adding a heating element will assure proper temperatures — and consistent RO production — throughout the year.