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The AlkaViva Reverse Osmosis System is the ultimate R.O. solution and comes complete with a remineralizing filter, pump and 5 gallon tank.
The simple, yet revolutionary Permeate Pump (ERP1000) uses no electricity as it is powered by the hydraulic energy of brine water usually lost to the drain. In other words, the Permeate Pump forces product water into the storage tank, reducing membrane back pressure and maximizing available feed pressure. It also dramatically improves the efficiency of R.O. water production, reducing wastewater by up to 80%. Other benefits of this Permeate Pump (as well as a higher delivery pressure) are up to 4 times faster R.O. water production, superior water quality and extended filter/membrane life.
More and more people are coming to realize that the "perfect water" system would combine the purity of Reverse Osmosis (R.O.) with the tremendous benefits provided by alkaline, ionized water. Historically, this has not been easily achieved for a variety of reasons. The WQA certified experts at AlkaViva have solved the problem of combining these two phenomenal water technologies. Now you can have perfectly clean and perfectly healthy water!
With an extra large tank and re-mineralizer, this system is an ideal solution for water that is too hard or unhealthy as water is first thoroughly cleaned and then the beneficial minerals are added back in to the water. To keep your R.O. System functioning at an optimum level, its filters need to be changed annually. Additionally, the R.O. Membrane needs to be replaced every two years.
Please Note: Due to pressure / flow reduction, the undersink kit for the Athena or Melody CANNOT be used in conjunction with this product.
R.O. Annual Replacement Package if you are using an ionizer with ONE filter (ie: Venus, Melody, Delphi) PLUS purchased before 4/11/12.
R.O. Annual Replacement Package if you are using an ionizer with TWO filters (ie: Athena or Vesta) PLUS purchased before 4/11/12.
R.O. Annual Replacement Package if you are using ANY ionizer purchased AFTER 4/11/12.
Replacement Membrane for your R.O.
Reverse Osmosis is by far the most popular water treatment technology in use in the USA today. R.O. utilizes a technology called nano-filtration (typically .009 micron) to physically filter and remove virtually all suspended and dissolved material in water. To put a micron into perspective: a postage stamp is more than 25,000 microns long, the eye of the typical needle is usually 749 microns wide, a human hair is 40 to 120 microns in diameter, a grain of salt is about 70 microns across. The smallest particle visible to the naked eye is about 30-40 microns. R.O. filters to 9/1000th of a single micron. The quality of R.O. membranes vary but typically between 90% and 98% of all suspended materials in water (good and bad) are removed and flushed down the drain.
R.O. and water ionization are often thought of as polar opposites in terms of their effect on the water. R.O. water is typically acidic and virtually mineral free, while ionized water is high in pH and rich in alkalizing minerals. The negative impact of more acid in our body (that is already too acidic due to chemicals, stress, poor food, and lack of healthy exercise) is obvious. Furthermore, many health experts believe that mineral-free water can be harmful and can actually lead to a de-mineralization of the body. Pure water molecules attach to molecules they come in contact with and flush them from the body. This includes the flushing of beneficial alkaline minerals, which is detrimental to our delicate acid/alkaline balance.
The good news about R.O. is that virtually all dangerous contaminants are removed so you get virtually pure water. There are however some very difficult issues with R.O. - especially when you attempt to mate it with an ionizer. First, in addition to removing all the contaminants, a R.O. removes almost all the naturally occurring minerals from the water. Ionization needs the minerals to work, so an ionizer will not usually work well on R.O. treated water. Secondly, R.O. membranes process a very small volume of water and need a storage tank for the water so it is available when you need it.
R.O. storage tanks consist of a container with an internal rubber bladder. The tanks are rated by the volume of their external shell, but the actual amount of water that can be extracted from the tank is much less. On a typical storage tank, approximately 3.2 gallons are available with an extraction capacity of only around 1.5 gallons. Since water ionizers split alkaline and the acidic streams, one can expect to draw about .84 gallons of alkaline water and .66 of acidic before the tank runs dry with a traditional sized tank of 3.2 gals. Therefore, the AlkaViva reverse osmosis unit includes a high capacity 5 gallon storage tank.