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Keep viruses and bacteria out of the drinking water with reverse osmosis

With the growing awareness of the health risks posed by bacteria and virus, customers are seeking information on how to keep their drinking water safe from waterborne pathogens. The best method for doing this in household water purification is by using reverse osmosis technology.

While there is no evidence of COVID-19 infection through drinking water and the risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is considered to be low, it is only natural for consumers to want to keep waterborne bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms out of their drinking water. Fortunately, health authorities provide comprehensive guidance on how to do this.

In a comparison of drinking water treatment technologies for household use, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evaluates different methods for pathogen removal. The CDC ranks reverse osmosis as having the highest efficiency for the removal of pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. In addition, reverse osmosis also removes common chemical contaminants, such as pesticides sodium, chloride, copper and lead.

It is all a matter of size

Reverse osmosis is the process of using pressure to push water through semipermeable membranes to separate unwanted contaminants.

The pore size of the membranes used for reverse osmosis are less than one nanometer. In comparison, the dimensions of the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 are between 65 and 100 nanometers, while other viruses are around 20 nanometers and common bacteria are larger than 200 nanometers.

Reverse osmosis under the kitchen sink

While reverse osmosis water purification might sound extremely complicated, the technology is readily available to consumers. A good option is ZERO, a stylish and compact water purification system that fits under the sink in most kitchens and bathrooms. It can also be used in hotel rooms, offices, or holiday homes.

ZERO’s multistage filtration process uses reverse osmosis and Aquaporin Inside® membrane technology to purify the water. The membranes contain aquaporins, the proteins responsible for transporting and purifying water in all living cells.

By incorporating reverse osmosis technology, ZERO allows consumers to protect their entire household against waterborne bacteria and viruses from the tap water at home. They can be confident that their tap water is always clean, safe, and great tasting.

Published on June 20 in ,