Reverse osmosis water is water that has been filtered and purified to reduce the total dissolved solids (TDS) to almost zero.
Why do you need it? This type of water can be used in autoclaves, dental unit water lines and in the decontamination process.
Reverse osmosis in dentistry
There are two current alternative methods.
Firstly, using water distillers, which are slow in production and cost in excess of £600-per-year in electricity.
They also require routine cleaning and de-scaling, which in itself is time consuming.
Secondly, buying bottled water, which again can be costly at almost £1-per-litre, and you will often need excess space for storage.
There are lots of different types of reverse osmosis water filters ranging from £50 to £15,000 depending on their usage requirements.
Don’t be fooled by cheap internet deals, these are often not CE certified or meet the water regulations advisory scheme (WRAS) and may end up damaging expensive equipment or causing floods.
Speak to dedicated companies that supply and install these to be sure that the product you are using is safe and valid to use, and that you have someone to call should there be any problems.
If you are purchasing units from the internet, be sure that it suits your requirements in terms of supply and demand and that you have a way of testing the water to ensure the TDS is as near to zero as possible so it does not damage your autoclaves.
This can often be achieved with the use of a de-ionisation filter.
Also make sure that the person installing it is competent to do so and carried suitable public liability insurance should anything untoward happen.
For more information please call 0808 141 2099, email [email protected] or visit the website www.puresafewater.co.uk.