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Everyday, consumers purchase hundreds of Reverse Osmosis systems for the purpose of protecting themselves and their family from chemicals and contaminants such as arsenic, lead, chlorine, pesticides, and high TDS while mistakenly believing that their new reverse osmosis system will also eliminate bacteria - IT WON'T! Reverse osmosis is not designed to remove bacteria. In fact, we now know that bacteria can grow inside the tank and that in some cases, such bacteria can be very detrimental to some individuals. RO tanks can literally become "incubators" for bacteria.. that's scary! It is now being discovered by medical researchers that immune compromised individuals, children with autism, infants and the elderly may have severe health issues when exposed to the bacteria in a reverse osmosis tank. This is often referred to as Heterotrophic plate count (HPC), which is a method that measures colony formation on culture media of heterotrophic bacteria in drinking water. HPC is difficult to remove, even with the use of disinfectants. In fact, it is impossible to remove them all. So, you have a reverse osmosis system to remove contaminants because you researched and determined that RO removes the largest spectrum of contaminants of any water treatment process and now you find out that it can contain significant levels of bacteria which can be just as detrimental as other contaminants, if not more so. What can you do? Well, some people have put ultraviolet lights after the RO or on the RO to neutralize the bacteria - UV doesn't actually "kill" bacteria - it just neuters it so that it cannot reproduce. However, having a UV under a sink after a reverse osmosis system is usually a bad idea. The UV light heats the water in the chamber and transmits the heat through the small tubing to the point that the water may actually be very hot when it first comes out of the tap. The heat created by the ultraviolet light embrittles tubing and fittings which can ultimately end in disaster (i.e., a flood under the kitchen sink).
The purpose of any drinking water system is to reduce the greatest percentage of each contaminant from the broadest range of categories. Reverse osmosis is the technology that achieves that purpose dramatically better than any other and now the RO system can kill bacteria too.Nearly all RO systems have a final polishing carbon filter after the tank, right before the water comes out of the faucet. Until recently, that carbon, while removing tastes and odors became an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. However, now we have the new media which literally "sucks the electrons" out of any microorganism that contacts it. The new Pulsar Quantum Disinfection and Carbon Polishing Filter polishes the water as it leaves the RO storage tank and kills 99.99 to 99.999% of all bacteria. So you now have a choice: You can use an inline filter with just carbon to polish the water or you can use a carbon filter which incorporates Pulsar Quantum Disinfection Media manufactured by Claire Technologies, and polish the water along with killing 99.99% of the bacteria. Is that a hard choice to make? You know what I have in my house! Any Reverse Osmosis can be retrofitted with the new Pulsar Quantum Disinfection Cartridge, or you can buy a filter pack which also has the Pulsar Quantum Disinfection Cartridge. At US Water Systems, we make sure that EVERY reverse osmosis system is equipped with the Pulsar Quantum Disinfection Cartridge and insofar as I know, we are the only company that does that. That's one of the main reasons you can trust your water to America's Water Company!