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Reverse Osmosis, Drinking Water and

One of the more common methods of treating water is through the process of reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is probably best known for its role in desalinization, which is how seawater is turned into consumable freshwater. Reverse osmosis is based on the process of osmosis, which moves water or other liquids from one side of a semipermeable membrane to another. To produce clean water from a contaminated sample, water is forced at high pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. Through this process, contaminants are left on one side of the membrane while cleaner water proceeds through it. Pressure is applied to the contaminated water which is a concentrated solution, reversing the natural flow of water and forcing the contaminated water, which is now cleansed, through ...

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