reverse osmosis removes salt from water

“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink”

That famous line is from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The speaker is a sailor stranded at sea. He bemoans the fact that he is surrounded by salt water, but has no water that is potable.

According to scientists, that is something that could happen to the entire planet one day. In the US Midwest, wheat, which requires relatively little water, is being replaced with cash crops like corn that require a lot of water. To make up the difference, farmers have been tapping into the water table and are depleting it at an alarming rate. If this continues, one day there will be no water table; and a drought, worse than that of the Great Depression, would be likely.

While almost three-quarters of the world’s surface is covered in water, only about 3% of it is drinkable. Of that, almost 80% is frozen; which leaves less than 1% for human consumption. Considering the world’s growing population, that is not a comforting thought.

world water distribution

The world’s need for drinking water is why Reverse Osmosis (OS) is so important

Reverse Osmosis (RO) is able to turn salt water into drinking water. In 1977, Cape Coral, Florida became the first municipality in the U.S. to use Reverse Osmosis on a large scale. They started with an initial operating capacity of 3 million gallons per day. By 1985, due to population growth, Cape Coral had the largest low-pressure Reverse Osmosis plant in the world. It could produce 15 million gallons a day. By the end of 2001, there were 15,200 desalination plants, either in use or in planning, worldwide.

This process was used to convert millions of gallons of salt water into clean, safe drinking water. It is the same process used in our Crescent Hills Water system. If there ever were a world-wide water crisis, Reverse Osmosis could be the thing that saves the planet. But you can have that process working for you now.

You can have an endless supply of clear, clean drinking water right out of your own faucet. It doesn’t matter if it’s coming from a city water supply, a well… or the ocean! For additional information about Reverse Osmosis (RO), or to rent or purchase a system for your home or office, contact us today. Call 817-424-3947 or use our online contact form.

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  1. That’s pretty cool that reverse osmosis could even get salt out of water. I would think that would help to get an effectively limitless source of water for us to drink. I’ll have to look into getting a reverse osmosis system installed for my well water; so I could have that as a source of safe drinking water as well.

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