We need water to survive. Water makes up approximately 60% of the human body. Blood is 93% water and muscles are about 75% water. Reverse osmosis and distillation are the most common and most effective water purification methods used to make safe drinking water, so what are the differences between reverse osmosis and distilled water? Both processes require the use of a carbon filter. Beyond that, they go through very different processes.
Reverse Osmosis‚ also known as RO, is a process that exposes water under pressure to a semi-permeable membrane that has a very fine pore structure. An RO unit completely filters all natural and synthetic toxins, microbes, debris, and minerals. As long as the contaminants are smaller than water molecules, they are removed. RO systems require strong water pressure and a lot of maintenance. Reverse osmosis typically wastes 2 to 3 gallons of water for every gallon it produces.
Water Distillation uses a process that passes water over a heated coil‚ causing the water to vaporize. The resulting steam then rises and transfers to a cooling chamber‚ where it condenses back into a liquid. This process separates water from inorganic compounds like lead‚ calcium‚ and magnesium. The distillation process also destroys bacteria, though it is not very effective at removing organic chemicals since they typically vaporize at a lower temperature than water and are transferred in the steam. Distillers produce water at a very slow rate.
JB Water can help you determine the best way for you to have safe drinking water available for your family.