I’m Renting, Can I Still Have an RO System?

If you are renting a house, condo or apartment, you may think that you are stuck with poor water quality. You may look at reverse osmosis systems and long for the delicious, clean water delivered by this type of device. Fortunately, all is not lost, and you can still enjoy the fantastic water quality and all the other benefits of reverse osmosis devices with the installation of a countertop system.

What Are Countertop RO Systems?I’m Renting, Can I Still Have an RO System?

Countertop RO systems are basically portable reverse osmosis filters that are installed and used on kitchen countertops to purify drinking water supplies. Many models of RO filter are designed as an under counter unit that are housed under your sink cabinet. This type of installation requires that permanent modifications are made to the drain system and kitchen sink counter. This means that if you are renting a home, it is not viable to install a standard RO system. Countertop systems provide an ideal solution; they can be attached to your faucet easily without requiring installation. Countertop systems are suitable not only for those renting a home, but also vacation homes, college dorms, travelers or senior apartments.

How Do Countertop RO Systems Work?

Countertop RO systems are connected to sink faucets quickly using a faucet head adapter. When you turn on the faucet and open the adapter diverter valve, the water is channeled from the faucet to a tube connected to the RO system. The water is then passed through several purification stages before it is collected for use. Since a countertop RO system is not fully automated, you do need to monitor the filtration and manually turn off your water once you have collected the purified water. Countertop RO systems are designed to be portable and compact, so typically do not include a water holding tank. Therefore, you will need to use a separate jug or pitcher to store your purified water.

The Advantages & Limitations of Countertop RO Systems:

Countertop RO systems are versatile and highly effective, but before making a purchase decision, you need to be aware of both the advantages and limitations. These types of systems can produce high quality water that is comparable to bottled water or water treated using an under counter RO system. Some homeowners opt for a countertop system even if it is possible to install a conventional system as it offers very easy installation without a need for drilling or special tools. It also produces quality water that is true RO standard rejecting up to 99% of contaminants. Maintenance is also simple as you can use disposable inline filters and there is no need to handle used cartridges or remove filter housings.

There are some limitations including that there is no water storage tank and the pre filters tend to be lower capacity. This means that they require more frequent replacement approximately every six months, compared to once a year on a typical under counter RO system. Countertop units also lack the automation of an under counter unit, which does make it more inconvenient for larger households.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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