The contaminants present in the water will build up and cause the water purifier to function poorly. Proper care and regular maintenance will not only ensure that the water produced by your bottled water plant is clean and safe, but it will also as well make your RO technology run smoothly and last longer.
Part of the RO plant cost is the maintenance expenses. RO or reverse osmosis plants use a series of filtration process to treat water to remove contaminants (e.g. organics, pyrogens, particles, dissolved salts, colloids, and bacteria), and produce clean bottled drinking water that is safe for human consumption. This water purification technology works by pushing the water through a semipermeable membrane which separates the contaminants from the water. In an RO system, the water usually goes through at least three to twelve purification stages.
In order to make sure that the water produced is clean and safe for consumption, you need to make sure that the water purifier is properly working and maintained well. Although the water contaminants or impurities are being flushed out from the system through the outlet pipe, there will be some that will remain. Little by little these remains will build up and cause the water purifier to function poorly. Proper care and regular maintenance will not only ensure that the water produced by your bottled water plant is clean and safe, but it will also as well make your RO technology run smoothly and last longer.
How to maintain the RO system?
There are different methods used to maintain an RO system. The Indian ion exchange, however, recommends these maintenance tips:
Change Filter Regularly
Contaminants are being separated from the water with the help of a filter. In just a short span of time, these contaminants may build up and clog the filter. A clogged filter will not only affect its capacity, but it will also as well have a negative impact on the quality of the water produced. The contaminants may not all be filtered out, affecting the taste and quality of the water.
In order for the filter to function well in full capacity and to produce clean drinking water, you should change it regularly. Depending on how contaminated or how much impurities are present in the raw water, you should change the filter once every three to nine months.
Replace the Sediment Filter and Carbon Filter
The RO technology uses multiple filters to purify the water and two among them are the sediment filter and carbon filter. The sediment filter is responsible for filtering out the dirt, sediment, slit, and other residual particles present in water.
Changing the sediment filter on a regular basis will not only stain out these impurities but will as well prevent them from getting into the fine RO membranes.
The carbon filter is responsible for staining out chlorine, chemicals, and other impurities that are harmful to the performance and life of the RO membrane. If you continue to use the carbon filter without changing them, the impurities will not only affect the performance and life of the RO membrane, it will as well affect the odor and taste of the water produced.
Both the sediment filter and carbon filter should be replaced at least 6-9 months or once a year, at most.
Clean and Replace the RO Membrane
The semi-permeable RO membrane is responsible for removing the residual contaminants that were not successfully filtered out by the filters. The RO membrane should be maintained and cleaned at least three to four months to remove the impurities and prevent them from clogging the pores. It should also be replaced once in every two to three years.
The schedule of replacing the RO membrane and the filters should be based on the quality of the raw water and the volume of water produced by your plant.