Water Purifiers with RO Technology Do not 'Purify' Water, Drains Essential Nutrients

by Sheela Philomena on  June 15, 2015 at 12:19 AM Research News
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Water Purifiers with RO Technology Do not 'Purify' Water, Drains Essential Nutrients
Water Purifiers with RO Technology Do not 'Purify' Water, Drains Essential Nutrients

To address the issues of water contamination, water purification companies are constantly coming up with innovative products and superior technologies to combat new-age water borne diseases. In this process consumers are spoiled for choices and more often than not, find themselves in a spot when it comes to choosing the right purifier for their homes.

Myth 1 Reverse Osmosis (R0) is the Latest Technology

A number of people assume that RO is the best and the latest technology, often leading them to opt for RO water purifiers. In India, there are 17 different kinds of water conditions and there is not one size-fits-all technology that can be adopted to purify water. Water quality differs not only between geographies but even with a given radius.

Secondly, if one uses RO water purification in areas where it is not required, then it leads not only to 'demineralized water' but also adds to water wastage. Demineralized water or low-mineral content water - in the light of the absence or substantial lack of essential minerals in it - is not considered ideal drinking water, and therefore, its regular consumption may not be providing adequate levels of some beneficial nutrients required for bodily growth and development.

Myth 2 Water purifiers do not retain essential minerals

False! Some amount of calcium, magnesium and salt is already present in water. It is often believed that all water purifiers drain away the minerals essential for one's body. An RO purifier must not be used if the TDS of the water is below 200ppm. Using incorrect purification techniques like RO where the TDS is below 200ppm could result in the consumption of distilled water which is detrimental to health. Thus it is of prime importance to use the right technology for purification so that all the essential minerals present in water are retained.

Myth 3 Boiling water is enough

This is one of the most common myths. The fact is that boiling water is effective towards water-borne bacteria and virus but it has no effect on chlorine content and cysts, nor does it remove turbidity, organic and inorganic impurities. Also, water needs to be boiled for minimum 20 minutes on-roll for it to effectively deactivate disease-causing micro-organisms. Secondly, most people are unaware that boiled water, when kept in an open container to cool down, is prone to re-contamination yet again with certain bacteria.

Co-Author: Mr. Marzin Shroff

Source: Medindia

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