What Is Reduction in Water Purification?

December 19, 2022

When it comes to water purification, many different types of purification can be at work at the same time. Understanding what some of these processes are can help you make the best choices when choosing a water purification system for your home or business. In the quick guide, we will provide information on water filtration oxidation-reduction and how it can affect the water purification process.

What Is Oxidation Reduction?

Oxidation-reduction is a process that uses an electrochemical reaction to eliminate water contaminants. This process can remove contaminants such as chlorine or other chemicals that are introduced to water during the treatment process. Oxidation-reduction is accomplished by using granules made up of copper and zinc. When water comes into contact with these granules, a chemical reaction takes place. During this chemical reaction, electrons are transferred, and new elements are made.

In particular, this process is helpful in removing chlorine from water. When chlorine passes through the granules, it is transformed into water-soluble chloride. This element is not harmful to humans. This can be used to improve the quality of water.

What About Heavy Metals?

Chlorine is not the only substance that can be removed using oxidation-reduction. Heavy metals such as copper, lead, and mercury will also successfully bind with the granules. They are removed from the water, leaving much healthier and safer drinking water.

What About Microorganisms?

People are also often concerned about microorganisms in their drinking water. Although municipal water treatment facilities go to great lengths to remove microorganisms from public drinking water, it is still possible for them to slip through. This is also a problem for people who get their water from a well on their own property. The oxidation-reduction process is very successful at killing most microorganisms.

Is Oxidation Reduction Safe?

Yes, this process meets all safety standards of both the EPA and the FDA. This process does not introduce dangerous levels of zinc or copper back into the water supply.

What Is the Purpose of Oxidation-Reduction Treatments?

Oxidation-reduction treatments are often used along with other types of filtration and purification processes. This is yet another step that homeowners and business owners can take to ensure that the drinking water is safe and free from contaminants.

This process is especially helpful in situations in which water must be completely pure for medical purposes, scientific purposes, or for those who are medically fragile.

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