What is Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis?

Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis is a water purification technology. It can purify virtually any type of water. It is so effective it can actually purify seawater into potable drinking water! This method is becoming popular in Saskatchewan because we have brackish well water, or even for larger volumes for agricultural application such as spraying.

Alternative methods of water filtration

Regular filtration only removes the particles in water, which typically account for 10-20% of the contaminants in the water. To remove the rest of the contaminants, traditional methods have focused on ion-exchange methods (water softener, etc.) which swap the undesirable contaminant (calcium, tannin, nitrate, etc.) with sodium. This is enough only when there is a single, easy-to-fix issue. Whole-home reverse osmosis is necessary when the water quality is very poor. It can handle high dissolved solids, hardness, tannin/organics, salt and dugout water. It is the only way to get remove all dissolved contaminants from your water. (This would include nitrates, sulphates, calcium, arsenic and more.)

How does it work?

Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis removes the particles and the dissolved contaminants (salts, metals, chemical byproducts, etc.) for as close to 100% purification as possible. It uses a large (usually 40”) membrane which is able to remove up to 99% of the contaminants from the water including dissolved material such as nitrates, sulphates, arsenic, lead, sodium, tannin, uranium, dirt, and virtually any other undesirable contaminant for your entire home. The result is “bottled quality” water (or better) from every tap in your home, including the outside taps, or even for larger volumes for agricultural applications such as spraying.

The pros of a Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis System

Ease of use

Whole-house RO is much more convenient than water softeners. Some homes are spending $400 to $600 a year on water softener salt. This represents a lot of effort, time and expense. With an RO system, one doesn’t have to check salt levels, haul heavy salt bags or clean salt residue. The machine does the work so you don’t have to.

Robust & Durable

The great thing about these systems is that they don’t even flinch at extreme water conditions such as extreme hardness, extreme TDS (our record for this system is 13,500 ppm and 450 grains of hardness), poor quality dugout water, etc.. For example, your water hardness or TDS could triple and the system wouldn’t even flinch (minor adjustments might be needed).

  • It can handle most any water condition and is reliable in extreme water conditions
  • It can handle changing water conditions
  • The water quality is constant
  • The water pressure is constant and adjustable

Water Quality

There is virtually zero variance in how well they perform – they simply work. Customers might complain about the price, but there are almost no complaints once the system is installed as you can’t beat the quality. But, yes, they are expensive!

RO is the gold standard of water treatment. It makes water soft, silky, stain-free, smell-free and clear.  If someone wants the best water quality, they will choose reverse osmosis. Sometimes, it is the only way to treat Saskatchewan water!

The cons of a Whole-Home Reverse Osmosis System

Water Consumption

These systems waste more water than conventional systems. They typically lose 1/2-1 gallon of water for every gallon produced. A four-person household could waste 100-300 gallons a day. Compare that with a large iron filter and softener, which wastes around 300 gallons in 2-3 days. The difference can be significant.

Cost & Maintenance

These systems are expensive to buy and maintain. How much you pay depends on usage and water conditions. Most of our clients spend $500-$1,200 a year on consumables and service fees. We can tell you how much you would spend when you request a quote.

Whole-home RO systems can be overkill. They are best suited for extreme water conditions (2000+ TDS, extreme hardness, high tannin, high nitrates or surface water). We aren’t the type who will try to sell you the system if you don’t need it. If an “under the sink” RO and a water softener are enough, then that’s what we will offer you.

Health & Taste

Reverse osmosis removes all the minerals from the water and can reduce the pH to an acidic level. This makes the water less than ideal for drinking and can be corrosive on copper pipes. To prevent this, our Triple Protection package enriches the water with good minerals. It adds pH/alkalinity, absorption benefits and taste so you can have the best of both worlds.

Requirements

Whole-home RO is not always possible. These systems need a 3 GPM flow rate and a 240v electrical (20 amp breaker). You might need to add a water tank if you have a low-producing well. You will have to hire an electrician if you don’t have the right breaker. Some homes don’t have enough room to fit it all in. We will let you know if you are a candidate as part of our free consultation.

A whole-home reverse osmosis system can take up more space than conventional systems. How much space depends on the water chemistry. More components are needed if there is iron, manganese and/or high hardness. They make noise too. This isn’t usually a problem but it could be annoying if you spend a lot of time directly above or beside it. It usually runs 2-3 hours/day during waking hours. You needn’t worry: our customers say they barely hear the hum or don’t notice it at all.

Parts of the System

Required Components

  1. RO System – 20” W x 20” D x 47” H
  2. Storage Tank (varies). The most common size for a household of 4 is a 200 gallon cylinder tank, 78” H x 28” D. There are various custom tanks to accommodate every household.
  3. Dab Pump – 19” H x 11” W x 11” D. Can be Wall Mounted.

Possible Additions (based on water quality)

  1. Iron/Manganese/Turbidity Filter – Single cylinder tank, 10-13” diameter, 63” H
  2. Antiscalant Injection. 14” D x 24” H (includes solution tank and small wall mounted pump)
  3. Post-Treatment Filters/UV – 23” W x 9” D x 24” H. Wall Mounted. Includes a 3-filter system (1-micron particulate filter, granular activated carbon for taste and odour polishing, calcite/corosex for pH adjustment and remineralization) and UV for bacteria protection.

Product Features

  • 100% USA-manufactured systems
  • Compact RO Unit (20” W x 20” D x 47” H)
  • High-pressure design filters at approximately 230psi, compared to conventional 150psi with low-pressure systems commonly used by competitors, allowing significantly superior filtration (by more than double) and efficiency
  • Digital TDS Testing (shows the purity of water in and out at all times)
  • High-Efficiency (includes recirculation valve for least possible waste)
  • Works on 240v and 120v simultaneously
  • Highly sophisticated antiscalant, custom-designed for type and precise dosage by engineers for your specific water sample
  • Oversized 2HP pump makes your system easily upgradable if you want to increase your capacity from 2,400 GPD to 4,800, 7,200 or even 9,600+ GPD
  • Includes membrane auto-flush, low-pressure sensor, tank float and backup safety overflow, stainless steel pressure vessel, flow meters (product and reject), pressure gauges (operating, pre-filter, and post-filter), compact standard steel frame with powder-coated finish

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Darryl Schick
Darryl Schick
18:48 24 May 24
Great service and chris was very friendly
Ken Williams
Ken Williams
18:28 22 May 24
The staff at Infinite Water Solutions always come through... for all of our water solutions. Everyone is responsive, knowledgeable and understanding of our needs. During our recent annual maintenance check on our complete water system, our technician Chris, was efficient and thorough ensuring our questions were answered and our system was good to go for another year.We would recommend Infinite Water Solutions to anyone looking to have the job done right!read more
Hugh Wagner
Hugh Wagner
15:14 18 May 24
Christopher Bell provided excellent and personable service.... Top notch! Administration was prompt, timely and also excellent.read more
bob purtill
bob purtill
12:24 18 May 24
Showed when scheduled and changed RO filters and UV light.... Quick and professionalread more
Rob Fedorchuk
Rob Fedorchuk
20:32 16 May 24
Professional and informative service. Finished quickly and... at a fair price for yearly servicing of my reverse osmosis system.read more
Mara Barbarin
Mara Barbarin
01:53 16 May 24
We just have the reverse osmosis system, and love it. So... nice not to have to haul water. I find the yearly service great but a bit pricey. The ultraviolet light is great, so when our town is a on boil water order we do not have to as the light takes care of killing the bacteria! Would recommend them!!read more
Bernie Sperling
Bernie Sperling
01:35 15 May 24
The service man was knowledgeable and was able to fix a... small leak that developed a while back that I thought I had repaired but it started again. He would be welcomed back anytime.read more
Todd Evans
Todd Evans
19:28 13 May 24
I have been with infinite water for a few years now since... modern water screwed us over and I will recommend infinite water any day any time. They have been awesome to work with and talk to. Every experience is a good one. 10 out of 10.read more
R & J M
R & J M
23:38 10 May 24
Came to my house for routine filter changes. Excellent
Carla H.
Carla H.
15:56 10 May 24
Great Service, very helpful and friendly staff and quality... filtration equipment. I'm a very happy customer for over a year now. 🙂read more
Aaron Merk
Aaron Merk
19:34 04 May 24
From start to finish Kalen and his team of professionals... were extremely friendly knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend using their services . Great job infinite water solutions !Aaron. Mread more
Norbert Nemeth
Norbert Nemeth
14:05 04 May 24
Great service knowledgeable technician
Leann Kowalchuk
Leann Kowalchuk
23:42 01 May 24
Kevin was great. He explained to me everything he was... doing. Very professional and courteous.read more
Ida-Rose Wilde
Ida-Rose Wilde
16:37 01 May 24
Living on a farm, you have an excellent chance of having... poor water. We have terrible water. The crew at Infinite was so good and so patient when tweaking things to make maximize the performance of their system and get us the best water possible. We have been with them for almost 10 years and have never considered changing. The annual maintenance is done without us requesting it. They now have technology that lets you know WHO will be coming into your home as well as when they will arrive. We have nothing but good things to say.read more
Tanner McCracken
Tanner McCracken
23:07 30 Apr 24
Very fast and professional
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