Reverse Osmosis water purifiers are the optimum system for removal of contaminants from water including Fluoride, as they filter down to an ionic level of 0.001 microns. Not only are they very efficient at removing a wide range of chemicals, heavy metals, bad taste and odour, but they will also remove fluoride, bacteria and all the ‘dissolved solids’ from the water which normal water purifiers will not remove. ( ‘Dissolved solids’ are mostly minerals which are dissolved into (or attached to) the water molecule. The main ones in urban treated water being Calcium from lime added to the water along with fluoride which is added to some water supplies to strengthen teeth). ( Note a common question is do they remove too many minerals. The simple answer is no becuse there are very little beneficial minerals in most water supplies anyway and if you want mineralised water we can add a mineral and alkalizing cartridge to the system which will provide more minerilazed and energised water than normal water anyway).
Typically urban treated water contains around 90 to 120 parts per million ( PPM ) of dissolved solids. After passing a standard carbon based water purifier the Total Dissolved Solids ( TDS ) reading will not have changed. After passing a reverse osmosis membrane the reading will drop around 95 to 98 %. Consequentially the texture of the water has a slightly smoother, silky feel to it compared with non R/O water.
In contrast to distilled water, which is often referred to as ‘dead water’, Reverse Osmosis water retains oxygen and has a sweeter, more pleasant taste.
The advantage of RO systems for fluoride removal is the fact the water quality is easily checked with a conductivity meter that costs anywhere from only $50.00 so you always know the system is working, whereas with a cartridge filter a sample needs to be taken to a lab for testing to see when the cartridge needs replacing, so normally a bit of guess work is required to determine when to replace a cartridge filter.
Please refer to our reverse osmosis section for extra options.