What is Reverse Osmosis Technology?


Have you ever heard of the term, Reverse Osmosis Technology? Many of us have not, yet it is a process that works with something that we use on a daily basis, which is our drinking water. Reverse Osmosis Technology is a water purification technology, that is used to remove molecules, ions and large particles from our drinking water. Applied pressure is used to overcome osmotic pressure and can remove dissolved and suspended species as well as bacteria, from our drinking water. We will look at the history of reverse osmosis, the process and how there are also portable osmosis processors, for those living in rural areas.

*History – Reverse Osmosis

John Cadotte began with formulating a process called interfacial polymerization, which is connected to reverse osmosis. Cadotte was the first to patent creatively and perform reverse osmosis. While his patent on this process is expired, many commercial reverse osmosis membranes, are made with this method today. By the year 2001, over fifteen thousand desalination plants were in the planning or already developed stages worldwide. In 1977, Cape Coral, Florida had one of the first municipal buildings, to have reverse osmosis technology performed inside of its edifice, on a large scale. The city-operated and used the reverse osmosis process, while producing over 3 million gallons of water per day. In 1985, due to the large growth in population in the Cape Coral, Florida area, the largest reverse osmosis plant, was processing well over 15 million gallons of water daily.

*The Process – Reverse Osmosis

The process of reverse osmosis applies pressure to help separate pure water, from seawater and brackish water. This process is what allows us to have the drinking water that we use daily. The process and applied pressure on a solvent, take it from a high solute concentration, through a semipermeable membrane, to a low solute concentration. This causes the salt-depleted water across the membrane, from a high solute and pressure position, to transform into a much lower solute and pressure position. This process of going from a high solute concentration to a lower concentration and process is what helps to create and bring about our drinking or potable water.

*Portable Water Processors

Portable Water Processors, are sold for those to use in rural areas, where people live far away from pure drinking water. The processors must be under a pressure, of at least 40 pounds per square inch or greater. Those people who are fishermen, or live near a river or ocean, use these portable processors, to filter water for purification. These portable water processors are easy to use, allowing even the everyday layman, the ability to use them, while creating a purer, more filtered, drinking water for rural consumers and their families.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand the Reverse Osmosis Technology process. In the hopes of purifying what we use every day, that is our drinking water, you can now see how important to our lives, this technology is. We don’t realize, how much goes into the water purification process, for making drinking water. But now that we do, we should learn to truly appreciate the reverse osmosis process and what it has done us, as consumers. As always, make sure that your water does have a purification or filtration process, if possible. This makes a difference in what is being allowed to pass through with the water. The filtering process gives our daily drinking water, a way to release all of the bacteria, molecules, ions, rust and other components that are bad for our overall health. The reverse osmosis process alleviates all of this while giving us peace of mind, that we are drinking water where, the ‘bad stuff’, has been eliminated.