Most people hear the word desalination and they quickly jump to conclusions about its meaning. It’s easy to assume that desalination solely refers to a process that removes the salt from seawater. The truth is, the primary method used today, called Reverse Osmosis (RO) is capable of much more. RO is also extremely effective at filtering other contaminants from the water we drink, including harmful chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, and suspended solids to name a few. RO isn’t just for saltwater, and thank goodness!
No matter where it comes from the water we drink each day usually has to be treated first. This is because the water we drink has lived a whole life of its own through the natural water cycle before it comes to us in our home or workplace. Along the way it can pick up all kinds of minerals, salts, and contaminants as it flows through the ground.