Of course, with RO water dedicated plumbing must be there due to the aggressiveness of RO water on any existing plumbing, particularly galvanized, as well as other metals. But an RO used for drinking water purposes comes with all the appropriate plumbing and fixtures needed to complete the system.
You're right, DI water is not practical or even recommended for residential use. I was responding to your definitive and emphatic reply that a softener is the ONLY.... Nuff said there.
Jet dry, Spot-free and all the other cleansers/detergents contain high amounts of phosphates, bi-phosphates, polyphosphates, silicates, etc., to 'soften' water chemically, many of which will never break down in the environment. In fact, a large number of states are currently banning such detergents which rob ground and surface waters of oxidation and directly affecting both flora and fauna. Dead Zones off the Maryland coast are, in part, caused by these man-made, synthetic pollutants as well as other contaminants.
That is why there is a Moms‚Äô smuggling ring in Spokane that travel to Idaho to illegally transport TIDE, ALL and other controlled substances back to Washington.... Do you know about that?
I am not sure why there is always someone who throws the ‚ÄúOh my God, it has low pH‚Äô argument. My water comes in at 7.5 before the RO and 6.6 after the RO. What‚Äôs the problem? Besides milk and a few alkaline drinks, water has one of the highest pH levels we consume.
orange juice 3.8
carbonated beverages 2.6 (WOW!!!)
even pure rainwater as combined with CO2 from the atmosphere is 5.7
distilled water 7.0
So I feel pretty good about my 6.6 (slightly acidic) water.
I think it is important to look at the full scale of comparisons before making blanket statements that are meant to influence others.
You say RO ‚Äúwastes‚Äù water. Well, not really unless the auto-stop is malfunctioning. ROs have concentrate that go down the drain. This concentrate carries with it the elements that are separated by the membrane. Although that is waste water, it is not ‚Äúwasted‚Äù water.
All water used in the home becomes waste water. But I try to confuse ‚Äúwaste‚Äù water with ‚Äúwasted‚Äù water. Wasted water is the hose running in the yard as you soap down the car, or the three minute shower warm up before you step in, or the running toilet or letting water run as you brush your teeth. Water used WITHOUT purpose or function is wasted. Water used WITH purpose and function becomes waste water. This is a basic differentiation in waste water management.
Just like the water that flushes down the toilet, out of the washer or dishwasher, rinsing out the garbage disposal, etc., all have function and purpose, namely to take away what you don‚Äôt want to remain. Exactly what an RO does...for me anyway.
Now then, there are efficient toilets, washers, dishwashers and ROs as there are those that are not as efficient to do the same (or even lesser) work.
The concentrate from an RO can, arguably, be the most important waste water you produce because it affects what you consume into your body. After all, virtually 100% of the water you use since birth is either waste water or wasted water. By avoiding wasted water, you are managing your waste water. My question might be: does your waste water contain elements that destroy the environment such as those found in Jet Dry, etc.?
The best way to deal with waste water is to be able to USE it again. While I lived in a location with very limited water, my shower water was collected in a large drum that I stood in. That waste (gray) water was then used for the toilet, doubling its effectiveness and reducing total waste.
And of all the waste water you produce in the home, the RO water may be the easiest to recover and use for other purposes such plants, pets, washing, toilets, etc., if you really have a true philosophy to maintain and willing to take the simple steps and become an example to follow. My RO water goes into a five gallon bottle and we have a variety of uses, and looking for more always.
I‚Äôm trying to understand and better appreciate water, its uses, and how not to waste it. I highly value an efficient and functioning RO to provide excellent water for drinking, beverages, and recipes. Taking shorter showers, letting yellow mellow and just plain turning the water off is something all of us can do to contribute. I use ozone for my laundry which helps me avoid all detergents, soaps and hot water.
I understand your arguments, I just don‚Äôt agree with the substance, foundation and facade of the points you set forth. I‚Äôm not saying that your choices are inappropriate, dissatisfying or wasteful. I‚Äôm just concerned with my water quality and try to be aware of shortcomings as well as benefits of different water treatment systems whether for an individual, family or a whole community.
Andy Christensen, CWS-II