Monday, April 26, 2010

The Benefits of a Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Clean water is a good thing, and reverse osmosis filtration is a good way to get good clean water. There are other ways to get clean, great tasting water. But reverse osmosis is a great way to get great water at a reasonable price. The price of a reverse osmosis system need not be prohibitive, and the pleasure and health benefits are considerable. The wide variety in size and style of RO treatment systems available put great treated water within the reach of most people.

One of the benefits people look for in filtered water is great taste, which really means the removal of bad taste common in municipal drinking water supplies. Filtered water makes better coffee, and that is mighty important to many of us. And if your city water has an unpleasant taste and smell, it isn't going to improve the taste of your cooking either.

Reverse osmosis home water treatments are available in a variety of installation packages, suitable for most budgets. There are counter-top models that will produce water for drinking and cooking. There are under-sink models that will produce considerable amounts of water, often dispensed through its own little faucet. Then there are the larger whole-house supply units, often installed in a basement. If you care to go to a whole-house treatment system, you get the benefit of RO filtered water in your sink, showers and bathtubs too. That will mean you are soaking and washing in clean, contaminate-free water rather than smelly city water. That's worth the price of a system, right there.

Reverse osmosis filtration systems are really a combination of several filtration treatments, including RO in the middle somewhere. A typical system might work something like this: A sediment pre-filter takes out the heavy stuff, all kinds of particulate matter from outright evil to merely annoying and filter-clogging. A second carbon filter removes chemicals and contaminates that make water nasty and might also damage the RO filter membrane, reducing its effectiveness. Then comes the reverse osmosis filter, which works by forcing the pre-treated water through a semi-permeable membrane, allowing nothing larger than a water molecule to pass through. Then, there may be final filtration through activated carbon, to assure sparkling clean water as a final product.

That's really water treatment by at least three filtration methods, but we still call it reverse osmosis treatment, and it's still a good thing. You can get small systems that you can hook up yourself. But you may want to consider having a qualified professional in to do the job. A pro can advise you on what's needed in your area, and then make sure the system is installed correctly to function properly.

Then, no matter what type RO system you choose, you can fill your glass with some of those crystal-clear ice cubes, pour the beverage of your choice, or maybe just some great water, and toast yourself for providing great water for yourself, family, and friends.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Residential and Commercial Rainwater Collection Systems

Sometimes a 50-100 gallon rain barrel just isn’t enough or you might not want to hook two or more rain barrels together. If you’re like me, you appreciate simplicity and if you’re looking to water your lawn with collected water, you’re going to need a much larger rain barrel than a traditional size. The Complete Rainwater Collection Systems are the largest line of easy to install, home grade rain barrels on the market. They come in above ground and underground and can contain anywhere between 214 and 5000 gallons of water at one time. Each size has different features that are unique to it, so there’s sure to be one that will work for you.

Designed to hold more water that the average rain barrel, the Complete Rainwater Collection System and Rain Captor above ground rainwater tanks come in red, green, and tan making it easy to coordinate with any decor. The smallest rain water collection tank in this category is the 214 gallon. This tank is designed for above ground use. It measures 69” long, 22” wide, and 45” high. When full, this rain barrel can pump out water from your hose for about 27 minutes. The next size up in the above ground rain barrels is the Rain Water Harvest Round, which comes in 300, 400, 550, 600, 1100, 1200, 1500, 2500, 2600, and 5000 gallons, which is our largest rain barrel.

Complete Rainwater Harvesting Cistern Systems are excellent for disguising a large rain barrel and still getting all the benefits. With these you won’t have to worry about coordinating with your d├ęcor or becoming an eye sore in your yard, you’ll barely even know it’s there. The underground systems come in 575, 1200, and 1700 gallons and can provide a constant flow of water for between an hour and two hours when full.

Although different in a few aspects such as sizing and included accessories, these rain water collection systems actually have quite a lot in common. Simple to install and compact enough for most household properties, they manage to provide an efficient, economical way to store large volumes of water. Easy to maintain and durably constructed; these systems are manufactured using a commercial grade polyethylene with UV8 inhibitors to prevent the growth of molds and algae. Each Rain Water Harvest Rain Barrel comes complete with a submersible pump so you can easily hook a hose up to the spigot and get enough pressure to water your lawn or garden. They also include a leaf catcher to prevent debris from settling in the tank. Also included with each rain barrel is a child safe lid so you don’t have to worry about a tiny wanderer falling in accidentally.

This specially designed rainwater harvest system will provide enough water to keep your plants healthy, your garden lush and green, your pool full, and you can even wash your vehicles with this naturally soft water. This collection of rain water harvesting tanks is an exceptional way to store mass quantities of chemical free, cost-free water for years to come.