In short it is the worlds first Smart Water System. The Puroserve is an advanced water resource management device that takes your tap water, however good or bad it may be, and creates two streams of water from it. The product water or high quality stream is stored in a tank and is reserved for use inside the home for drinking, cooking, bathing and laundering. The quality we achieve for this purpose has never been possible before. It far exceeds the quality of traditional salt softening technology. The concentrated stream that remains is utilized outside the home mostly for drip irrigation, but is also suitable for other uses like topping off the swimming pool etc.
Because most homes use at least half of their metered water supply outside the home this works out quite nicely. Moreover, because the Puroserve reclamation water is most often applied using drip irrigation technology, the amount of yard water lost to evaporation is greatly reduced, especially during the hot summer months, making yard watering more efficient overall. To learn more click here.
Technically speaking, in order to be considered a water softener, a device must actually reduce water hardness minerals, Calcium and Magnesium, to less than 1 grain per gallon of water (17.1 ppm), regardless of the level of hardness minerals in the feed water. Salt water softeners are able to do this, but in softening the water they discharge an unacceptable amount of salt down the drain. The salt that softeners discharge has recently been categorized as a pollutant for good reason.
Many alternative water systems claim or imply in their advertising that they are also "water softeners". These pseudo softeners are often carbon filters, scale inhibitors, magnetic devices or citric acid based sequestering systems that are being marketed as "alternative water softeners". They usually emphasize the fact that they are "salt free", but the fact is that they are not water softeners by definition, because they do not reduce hardness minerals. For more information click here.
Yes, the anti-softener ordinances that are being passed in many areas are really salt discharge ordinances, not softening ordinances. Therefore, it is still OK to soften your water, so long as you do not discharge salt to the sewer in order to do it. The Puroserve system does not use any salt. More importantly it does not have a drain or sewer connection. It actually takes in to account all of the tap water that a customer pays for each month, improves the portion that will be used inside and directs the remaining water to be used outside. Nothing is wasted and no salt is discharged to the sewer. In fact, it even reduces natural tap water salt by over 96%, so the water leaving the home and arriving at the waste water plant to be reclaimed, is nearly salt free This makes it easier for waste water authorities to reclaim and reuse more waste water and maintain compliance with their waste water discharge permits.
No. When installed as designed and properly maintained a Puroserve system does not waste any water. In fact, because of it's advanced design a Puroserve system actually helps to save water. It can make a home more water efficient overall and it will detect water loss and leakage within a home that otherwise may go un-noticed. The key to water efficiency is awareness and, as long as the Puroserve system is properly installed, with a thoughtful eye toward reclamation and re-use, it will save water on MANY levels. Picture the Puroserve system as an advanced technology water resource management system that will actually help your home be more efficient. For more information click here.
The Puroserve system operates using Low Pressure Reverse Osmosis technology. RO is a separation process, that actually separates nearly pure water from hard, or mineral concentrated, tap water. This differs from a sodium softener that utilizes a chemical reaction based on an exchanging of ions. In the case of a salt softener, sodium ions are simply exchanged, using an ion exchange media, for calcium ions. It is also called a Cation exchanger because it exchanges ions that carry a positive charge, or Cations. Where a salt softener leaves a significant amount of sodium ions in the softened water (remember it exchanges sodium for calcium and magnesium), the Puroserve process leaves almost no detectable sodium in the softened water. To learn more click here.
The Puroserve is capable of significantly reducing nearly all tap water impurities. Based on the molecular size of the specific impurity, the rejection will vary somewhat for each contaminant, however it is fair to say that Reverse Osmosis is the most effective technology available for all common tap water impurities, as well as most emerging contaminants that have become a concern in recent years. Reverse Osmosis has been used for bottling purified water and for making laboratory water for decades. Learn more...
Puroserve helps reduce salt from all sources and so greatly reduces the amount of salt in waste (sewer) water. Because waste water is cleaned and reused to help bolster the general water supply, and because salt is very expensive and difficult to remove, Puroserve systems installed across a wide area can help reduce the cost of water reclamation projects that are vital to maintaining our future water supply. Read more..