Whole House Reverse Osmosis Well Water Treatment Systems

Whole House RO Water Treatment

If you want to ensure the cleanest well water, consider a whole house reverse osmosis system.

As more of us are choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, many are opting to add a water treatment system to ensure the highest quality of water for themselves and their family. There are many options available that can promote and produce plenty of healthy water for the entire family.

There are two types of systems. The first is called a “point-of-use” RO system and is a single outlet located in the kitchen that can be used for cooking and drinking. The second type of system is a “whole house” RO system that treats all of your water as it comes into your home. If you suspect water contamination, both a whole house RO and Point of Use RO system may solve the problem but we strongly recommend testing your water first. This will ensure you are installing the correct water treatment system for your specific water contaminant.

If you receive your water from a private well, your water's quality safety is your responsibility. This post will answer the most frequently asked questions about the benefits of a whole house reverse osmosis system for purifying your well water.

What is reverse osmosis (RO) water Treatment?

Reverse osmosis or RO is a treatment system that consists of several components including a pre-filtration system, a membrane chamber, an atmospheric storage tank, a re-pressurization pump and sometimes a calcite filter to increase pH or add some total dissolved solids back into the water. RO treatment removes the largest spectrum of contaminants and is the most cost effective of any treatment system. A whole house RO system removes 98 – 99% of most contaminants including total dissolved solids (TDS), sodium chloride, nitrate, arsenic, sulfur and a host of other chemical and organic contaminants.

How does reverse osmosis work?

A whole house RO system is placed between your well pressure tank and the entry point where water enters your home. As water from your well enters the system, it is first passed through a pre-filtration stage designed to capture large particles like chlorine, iron, sulfur, manganese and other contaminants. After the water is pre-filtered, it enters a membrane chamber where the water is pressurized to pass through a membrane.

This is the heart of the system. The most common membrane system used is spiral wound and comes in two options; CTA (cellulose triacetate) which is chlorine tolerant, and TFC/TFM (thin film composite/material) which is not chlorine tolerant. After the water passes through the membrane treatment, it is passed into an atmospheric storage tank until it is needed. 

Should I invest in a whole house reverse osmosis system?

If you are looking to receive the healthiest, cleanest water, a whole house reverse osmosis system may be the right choice for you. If you or a family member has a chemical sensitivity and you want to remove as many chemicals as possible from your water a whole house RO system is a perfect choice.  If you have contaminants like high chlorides, sodium or sulfates that affect the taste or smell of your water, or if you suffer from hard water because of elevated TDS levels, a whole house RO will solve these issues as well. A whole house RO system is the most cost effective and the best method of water treatment to provide you with the highest quality, safest, and healthiest water for you and your family.

A whole house reverse osmosis system can remove heavy metals like arsenic, chromium, and copper, chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, viruses, and the TDS that cause water hardness. It's easy to maintain, only requiring periodic filter changes, and it's the most cost-efficient water treatment system available. If you're still unsure if a whole house RO system is the right choice for your needs, speak with a Skillings & Sons water treatment professional. They will explain all of your options, the costs involved and can install your new water treatment system.