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Why Reverse Osmosis and Water Softening Work Well Together

Many people looking to improve the quality of their family’s water turn to the benefits of a water softener. As the name implies, water softeners remove hardness minerals from water, leaving you with softer water. But can your water be improved even more?

Benefits of a Reverse Osmosis System

While water softeners do a fantastic job of softening water, they do not remove all impurities. A Reverse Osmosis system uses a series of filters and a reverse osmosis membrane to purify water by reducing harmful chemicals and other contaminants, including:

  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • Lead
  • Nickel
  • Chloride
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Aluminum
  • Chromium
  • Arsenic
  • Fluoride
  • Radium
  • Sulphate
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Nitrate
  • Phosphorous

They also remove up to 98% of the sodium left in the water from your water softener.

Why You Should Install a Water Softener and RO Together?

As you can see, RO systems reduce a huge range of chemicals and contaminants, but they are not recommended for removing calcium and magnesium – two of the minerals that make up hard water. Hard water can ruin an RO membrane, rendering it useless. Installing a water softener ahead of the RO will remove these minerals and keep them from fouling the membrane. By using a Reverse Osmosis system with your water softener, you’re providing your family with the best water possible.

Water Depot

 Water Depot carries a range of Reverse Osmosis systems, including NSF-certified models. With a range of filtration stages and storage tank sizes, your local water treatment expert can help find the best fit for your family. Click here to find your locally owned Water Depot location.