As far as commercial and industrial water treatment goes, a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system is one of the most popular options out there. But to keep your RO system running smoothly and to make sure it is sending out filtered water every time, you will need to practice routine maintenance or hire a water professional to execute a scheduled maintenance plan. Maintaining your system results in optimal efficiency and little to no downtime.
Since the number of stages may vary from three to five, depending on the RO system your business owns, it’s best that you be informed of the basic maintenance needs that apply to most RO units.
The following is important information for how to maintain your system for commercial or industrial RO in Cincinnati, OH.
There is a pre-filter that the water goes through first to protect the delicate reverse osmosis membranes. The pre-filter cartridge filters out dirt, sand, silt and other sediments present in your water. Change the pre-filter every 6 to 9 months to ensure water filter efficiency. Poor maintenance and failing to change the pre-filter on a schedule can clog it, meaning it cannot protect the RO membranes.
The second phase of your RO system is the water going through a carbon filter. This filter is designed to remove chlorine and almost all other contaminants with a taste or odor. Replace the carbon filter every 6 to 9 months to keep chlorine from ruining the RO membrane. Get your water tested if you’re not sure about the chlorine level.
The third phase is the reverse osmosis phase. This is a separation process that utilizes strong pressure to send water through the membrane. Once the water is through, the membrane holds the contaminants on one side, while the pure water heads on over to the other side. Water can pass through the RO membrane at 35 pounds per square inch, which is approximately two drops every second. After the contaminants are captured, they get sent down the drain.
Although the lifespan of the filter and membrane will vary depending on water quality and condition and facility use, consider replacing RO membranes every 2 to 3 years.
The fourth and final phase of RO water systems is a carbon filter stage. Carbon filters for RO systems are added to improve the water when it makes it to the end of the cycle. Basically, these are in place to remove any odors or tastes that remain in the water. Think of this as the step that makes sure the water is at its best quality before cycling through your facility’s machines, equipment and products. Be sure to change the carbon filter every 6 to 9 months.
Hospitals, hotels, labs, pharmaceuticals and food and beverage manufacturers are some businesses and industries that rely on reverse osmosis systems to protect against chemical contamination. Luckily, Ultra Pure Water Technologies, LLC can help your facility invest in the right system for industrial RO in Cincinnati, OH. Call us for more information today!
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