Feature Friday: RO Water Systems


If you’ve been in the Midland-Odessa area for 5 years or 5 minutes, you know all too well that the tap water out here… well, it leaves much to be desired.   This is why Permian Homes has decided to include an RO drinking water system in every home, standard. Clean drinking water shouldn’t be viewed as an ‘upgrade.’ It is a necessity!

Many newcomers who come from areas where the tap water is relatively tasty and safe for drinking are surprised upon arriving in West Texas to discover the water, much like the locals’ accents, has a distinct twang.  An “RO” system is often a foreign term to out-of-towners.  What is it?  How does it work?  Let’s answer these questions and more!

‘RO’ stands for Reverse Osmosis, which is a water purification process in which water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane that removes tap water impurities. The result is water that is free of minerals and contaminants, making it safe and more palatable to drink.  A basic Google-search on RO units will bring you a variety of systems, with ‘specialty’ filters, gizmos, and gadgets.  However, we have found that the best system is one that utilizes a “TFC,” or Thin Film Composite, membrane. These filter the water at a molecular level, making it virtually impossible for anything except pure H2O to pass through the system.  The system we use can filter out particles as small as .0004 microns. For reference, look at a strand of your hair. That is 100 microns!

Now that you know the basics, all that’s left to do is settle on a floor plan and start enjoying your crystal clear water! :)