Water Purification: Reverse Osmosis vs. Ultra Violet

Oct 21 2015

What is Reverse Osmosis purification?

reverseosmosis
This method of water purification is when water is forced through a membrane with tiny holes in it. Reverse osmosis filters out particles based on their size and the amount of contaminants in the water. When the molecules are larger than the water molecules they will be filtered out, those that are smaller can potentially slip through the purification process.

Advantages:
-Effectively removes all types of contaminants to some degree (particles,
microorganisms, pyrogens, colloids, and other dissolved inorganics).
-Requires very minimal maintenance.                                                                          Disadvantages:
-Flow rates are usually limited per day or per gallons.
-Removes essential minerals.

What is Ultraviolet purification?

Ultraviolet-disinfection
One method of large and small scale water treatment is through ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, or UVGI, is a method of disinfection that uses short wavelengths of UV light to kill microorganisms, like pathogens, viruses, and molds. This is a chemical free process of sterilizing water, though the UV light does not break down or eliminate organic or inorganic compounds or particulate matter in the water. Pre-filters, however, can be used in conjunction with the UV treatment to improve the clarity of the water for more optimal UV treatment and better taste.
Advantages:
-This is a very effective sanitizing treatment.
-Cost effective form of purification.
-Does not introduce chemicals into the water during treatment.
Disadvantages:
-Decreases resistivity.
-Require electric power to run.
-Will not remove the ions, particles, or colloids.

Both options are great when it comes to purifying water, the system you choose depends on personal preference, the minerals you wish to be drinking, and the amount of water you want to filter. If you have more questions about these water purification systems or if you would like to purchase one, call Superior today (208) 343-7683! We are here to help you achieve the best tasting water in your home and workplace.