1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

July 14, 2008

:196 Bacteria Contamination

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:196 EcoTip: Bacteria can contaminate and grow in water purification systems. They need to be properly cleaned when they are serviced to keep them in good working order.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :190, :191, :192, :193, :194

The following information is quoted from the third edition (released in May 2008 ) of Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Homeowners:

Reverse Osmosis units should be tested and serviced on a regular basis. Annual testing of water quality is a good indicator of how well the unit is functioning and when the reverse osmosis membrane needs to be replaced. Poor water quality in some parts of the country means that membranes and filters need to be replaced more frequently there.

Servicing includes not only replacing filters as necessary but also cleaning and disinfecting the unit. The procedure involves disassembling the reverse osmosis system, cleaning the unit, flushing it with hydrogen peroxide, replacing the filters, and checking the unit’s performance.

– quoted from Warren Clough – a chemist with 50 years experience analyzing water quality and making water purification system recommendations. www.ozarkwaterandair.org

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