Reverse osmosis water filtration systems have become increasingly popular in both residential and commercial applications throughout the country for providing convenience and comfort straight from the tap. When searching for a new system for yourself, whether due to current water problems or simply installing in a new facility, you might be wondering what makes this the water filtration system of choice for so many people.

Here at Hague Quality Water, we provide water filtration systems of all types — water softeners, RO systems, and more — for the Chicago community. It’s safe to say we know a thing or two about water treatment solutions, which is why we want to share our knowledge of reverse osmosis systems in particular with you so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not it is the right water treatment solution for you!

The following are the most universally known pros and cons of installing a reverse osmosis system for your water filtration needs:

Advantages Of Reverse Osmosis

Cleaner, Tastier Food

It’s no mystery why many restaurants use reverse osmosis filtered water in their cooking. Cooking with filtered water that is free of all impurities can dramatically impact the flavor of most recipes. It also helps make following health and safety practices easier by ensuring that there are no harmful contaminants from water making their way into the food.

Energy Efficient

The reverse osmosis filtration process consumes no energy, meaning not only is it better for the environment, but it also won’t contribute any extra costs to your utility bills!

Cost Effective

An RO system can produce outstanding filtered water for pennies per gallon, which can save you a bundle over buying bottled water. (Not to mention the convenience of having it available right at your kitchen tap.)

Simple Maintenance

While some water filtration and purification systems are cumbersome and time-consuming to maintain, an RO system is quite easy. Simply change out the filters and membranes according to your system’s manual. And if you buy from Hague Quality Water, we’ll send you a reminder when it’s time to order a replacement filter! Most filters are replaced every six to 12 months and your RO membrane should be replaced every 2–3 years — but this length can vary depending on the water quality in your area and how much you use your reverse osmosis system.

Disadvantages of Reverse Osmosis


The tiny pores of a reverse osmosis system can become clogged if not properly maintained. Even common chlorine can lead to damage for a reverse osmosis system. Therefore, those who own them should carefully follow the system’s maintenance manual and service guidelines. In some cases, reverse osmosis owners have also invested in a pre-filter to protect their systems from fouling.


The reverse osmosis process is one that takes time. Reverse osmosis operates by using household water pressure to push tap water through a semipermeable membrane — and this isn’t a speedy process. If you use a large amount of filtered water all at once and empty out the system’s holding tank, you must allow time for the RO process to refill the tank.

Filter Replacements

Once you’ve purchased a reverse osmosis system and had it installed, it certainly provides an affordable solution, producing the cleanest water around for only pennies per gallon. But there is the ongoing expense of routine filter changes and maintenance involved with these systems. Although reverse osmosis systems are virtually maintenance-free, they should be cleaned and sterilized once per year to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.

Overall, the advantages win out when it comes to whether or not a reverse osmosis system is a worthwhile water treatment solution, which is why millions of homeowners choose these systems to provide delicious, quality water for their homes and businesses in Chicago and nationwide.

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Hague Quality Water’s H6500 Reverse Osmosis System

Here at Hague Quality Water of Chicago, we provide world-class water filtration solutions, including the state-of-the-art H6500 Reverse Osmosis System that eliminates contaminants while providing more tank pressure for limiting potential clogs and increasing the flow and volume of your water. Learn more about our reverse osmosis water softeners, and get in touch with our team to let us help you purify your water in Chicago today!