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Reverse Osmosis or Carbon Filtration: Which is Better?

Bucks County Water Treatment Experts

What is Carbon Filtration?

Running water through a carbon filter can alter the taste, smell, and color of the water. They can be used in appliances that connect to your kitchen faucet, refrigerator water dispenser, or self-serve water pitchers.

Carbon filters can be purchased in a variety of qualities, with the low end removing less of the chemicals you’d like to see gone, and the high end removing more toxins from your water.

What is Reverse Osmosis Filtration?

On the other hand, reverse osmosis uses a membrane to separate these unwanted particles from your drinking water. The semi-permeable membrane lets water molecules through, but not sediment particles that come along with it.

How do You Choose?

While reverse osmosis filtration requires more steps to reach the same outcome, it delivers a better-quality product.

There are also some toxins and chemicals which reverse osmosis will catch that carbon won’t, such as:

  • Arsenic
  • Viruses
  • Fluoride
  • Solids that have been dissolved

Some of the impurities carbon does remove that aren’t removed as fully as when you use the reverse osmosis filtration, include:

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Heavy Metals
  • Turbidity

Overall, the choice between reverse osmosis and carbon filtration is a personal one, and may depend on the age and design of your home if you’re looking to implement it into your plumbing.

Price Comparison

Depending on which company you work with, and how large a filtration setup is required, you can obtain a carbon filter installation for somewhere around $100. This differs drastically from the $1000 and up price tag often associated with a reverse osmosis setup.

A carbon filter costs about $70 for a pack of ten, while a reverse osmosis filter will run around $60 to $100 to replace.

Carbon filters need to be changed every 6-months, while reverse osmosis filters once a year. Filters aren’t a permanent solution and need to be replaced to ensure water quality remains high. However, you will notice the taste, smell, and clarity of your water improve as you change the filters.

Contact Blue Heron to Learn More

At Blue Heron, helping our communities create safe and affordable drinking water is important to us. We, your trusted Newtown water treatment experts, are constantly striving to find new and better ways to improve your water systems.

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