Reverse Osmosis Post-treatment: Neutralization / Remineralization
Why should Reverse Osmosis permeate water be remineralized?
Reverse Omosis is not efficient at removing dissolved carbon dioxide, so it passes through the membranes into the permeaste side and acidify the permeate stream by about 1 pH unit.
Moreover, RO is not selective process and if your feed water was low in calcium and magnesium compare to sodium, the permeate water will have very low concentration of calcium and magnesium.
Low mineralized water have few adverse effects:
- High corrosion potential
The WHO recommends 10 mg/L of Magnesium and 30 mg/L of Calcium for drinking water.