What is a Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?


Many people have heard of "reverse osmosis" or even "reverse osmosis water,"  but most don't know what "reverse osmosis" actually is.

In the 1950's, reverse osmosis was employed in the quest to desalinate saltwater in an effort to make potable drinking water. Since then reverse osmosis systems have been used in homes where water is less palatable due to a high mineral content or other contaminant levels.

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems are also used in manufacturing processes to provide water that can be used in clean rooms or sterile environments. They are also used in bakeries and restaurants to provide water for steam ovens. Pharmacies and dialysis systems utilize water filtered by a reverse osmosis system for patients who may be particularly susceptible to contaminants, bacteria, and cysts in unfiltered water.

Are you wondering if an RO system is the best choice for your water filtration needs? If you have questions, we have answers!

Click here and check out our Reverse Osmosis Frequently Asked Questions page. It answers many questions often asked about RO water filtration systems, including installation and maintenance questions.  Here are some featured questions:

  • How does a reverse osmosis system work?
  • Does a reverse osmosis system remove impurities like bacteria and cysts?
  • Where do I install the reverse osmosis system? Does it always need to be mounted under the kitchen sink?
  • Does RO remove parasites such as bacteria, cysts or cryptosporidium?

One advantage to shopping with freshwatersystems.com is our staff. We have eight staff members who are Certified Water Specialists. If we can help you select the perfect RO system for your needs or if you have questions about an existing one, contact us. We would be happy to help.

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New Product Solutions for Your Water Problems: Harmsco Filter Housings

New Product Solutions for Your Water Problems: Harmsco Filter Housings

Fresh Water Systems is now offering an expanded selection of filter housings from Harmsco. Harmsco is well known for their high-quality, dependable products that are used throughout the world in both commercial and residential water filtration settings, including municipal and community water service plants.

These American-made housings can be used for industrial or residential markets. Made to last, they are perfect for many applications including desalination, brackish water filtration, bilge water filtration, and industrial waste-water treatment.

Harmsco BC Band Clamp Up-Flow Housings are made out of rugged stainless steel and polished to resist corrosion. These one filter housings are excellent for whole house filtration.

Perfect for industrial applications,
Harmsco Hurricane housings offer a unique technology that separates dense solids prior to filtration, which extends cartridge life and reduces ongoing maintenance costs. Watch the following video for an explanation of how the Hurricane housing works.


In addition to these categories, we also offer WB WaterBetter, SB Hurricane Swing Bolt, HIF Stainless Steel Up-Flow, and Band Clamp filter housings. Our Certified Water Specialists would be happy to assist you in selecting the perfect filter housing for your residential or industrial needs. Give us a call at 1-877-335-3339 or visit our home page: http://www.freshwatersystems.com/.


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Cyclospora: The Parasite on Your Plate and in Your Cup?

Cyclospora: The Parasite on Your Plate and in Your Cup?

People across the US in sixteen states have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis. The CDC has now recorded 504 cases, and the numbers seem to be growing.

Cyclosporiasis is caused by the parasite cyclospora cayetanensis. This parasite can contaminate food and drinking water. It is most often found in tropical and subtropical areas, although people who live in these areas may not be as sensitive as travelers.

Food generally comes in contact with cyclospora during the harvesting process. Water contaminated with human fecal matter can enter the field through run-off or irrigation errors. Then, if the food is not thoroughly washed before consumption, the consumer may ingest the parasite. Previous outbreaks have been connected to contaminated raspberries, lettuce, and basil. Although the investigation is ongoing, the current outbreak seems to have been caused by bagged salad served in restaurants.

The parasite can take up to two weeks to show signs in the infected human. Symptoms can include: cramping, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms. To get rid of the parasite, the sufferer should seek help from a medical professional.

How Can You Avoid Cyclospora?

The CDC and the FDA advise that consumers can avoid being infected by cyslospora by thoroughly washing produce. This will wash the parasite away along with other contaminants on the food, including dirt and bugs.HCP-CCkit2md

Since tap water can also be contaminated by cyclospora in certain areas, consumers should be aware of the possible contaminants in their area. To filter cyclospora out of tap water, a 1 micron absolute carbon filtration system can reduce the risk. A simple and easy to use option is the Aquacera HCP Countertop water filter system. This system hooks easily onto almost any kitchen or bathroom tap. It is an excellent choice for those going to tropical areas where cyclospora is an increased risk. This ceramic filter system will also reduce chlorine, lead, and arsenic.

Other options for filtered water can include an ultrafiltration system or a water distiller system. Both of these systems will reduce not only cyclospora, but also other parasites and cyst, giving great tasting and worry-free water.

If you have more concerns about cyclospora in your water, give one of our Certified Water Quality Specialists a call at 1-877-335-3339. We would be happy to provide you with a water solution.

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