Drinking Water Treatment

Producing drinking water is one of the most important applications of reverse osmosis. While it was originally used for desalinating seawater, the decontaminating capabilities of reverse osmosis makes it effective for producing mineral-free drinking water. Drinking water treatment has two goals, both improving taste and ensuring safety.

The types of treatment vary depending on the size of the system, whether the source is ground water or surface water, and the quality of the source water

Many groundwater systems can satisfy all federal requirements without any treatment, but others need disinfection or mineral reduction..

Most surface water used for the production of drinking water requires filtration to remove turbidity and suspended solids before it can be used safely.

A variety of methods are used to treat drinking water, often in combinations.