For many businesses, water is essential part of the day. Whether that is to make drinks, or to use water as a facility service such as car washes or supermarkets, water is a commodity that many of us can not do without.
Over the last few years, the words ‘Reverse Osmosis water’ has been plunged down the throats of many business managers, and whilst some have gone out and bought systems, for many others, a majority in fact, they still aren’t sure what it all means.
Here is a quick guide to reverse osmosis and handy tips if you’re a business looking to take on a system.
What is reverse osmosis?
“Reverse Osmosis, commonly referred to as RO, is a process where you demineralize or deionize water by pushing it under pressure through a semi permeable Reverse Osmosis Membrane.”
For those that don’t speak scientifically, we have all seen osmosis in action and never been aware, can you guess what that may be? Watering plants, that’s right. Osmosis is the process where a weaker saline solution will migrate to a stronger saline solution. It is one of the most important parts in nature, and it even occurs in our body when our kidneys extract water from our blood cells.
Put another way, if you were to pour a container of water with little salt into a container of water with high salt and separated them with a semi-permeable membrane then the salt from the first container will be attracted to the higher salt water solution.
Reverse osmosis is then the opposite of what has been explained. For water, this means that we are able to extract the salt and turn into drinking water by passing this through a semi permeable membrane and at a high force factor. (Well, that’s a very basic explanation but it’s roughly how it all works.)
So why would businesses use it?
The cost of replenishing water and water charges are forever increasing. Management facilities around the world are using the process in large industrial settings but a reverse osmosis filter in a business could bring not only cost saving benefits but an environmental benefit as well.
What business would benefit from a RO system?
As discussed at the start a wide range of businesses will benefit from an RO system. Here are just some that we can think of;
Grocery store – From keeping food fresh to making bread in industrial steam ovens, treated water that is pure and softer in alkalinity is a massive advantage for stores that want to provide the best consumer experience.
Coffee shops – Great coffee starts with a great water supply. Reverse osmosis makes water pure and takes out the harsh chemical elements leaving a better quality product to be enjoyed by all.
Bottled water plants – many of these plants actually have systems, but micro-breweries and distilleries can also take advantage of what is a system designed to make the water source better and thus the final product even more so.