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post #1 of 2 Old 08-30-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Drinking RO water

I've become pretty fed up with my terrible tap water over the years, since I mainly prefer to keep soft water fish anyway. The TDS ranges from 300-700 according to the municipal report (pretty sure the upper part of that range isn't even safe for human consumption...).

I've been wanting an RO/DI unit for a while, but the cost has always been preventative. Recently a reason for one recently occurred to me. Every week my parents spend money to buy "spring" water at the local Costco to serve as drinking water. I figure that if the water from the RO/DI unit could be used for drinking purposes as well it could be a worthwhile investment.

However I have read conflicting stuff about drinking RO/DI water or even just the RO water (without the DI). One side says that the lack of minerals is okay because whatever food is consumed should provide enough minerals anyways, but the other says that pure water will lead to mineral deficiency and result in health problems (I see intestinal issues mentioned often). But then I've read that the army uses RO for drinking water, so there's definitely a lot of conflicting information out there.

Is RO water good to drink?

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I've become pretty fed up with my terrible tap water over the years, since I mainly prefer to keep soft water fish anyway. The TDS ranges from 300-700 according to the municipal report (pretty sure the upper part of that range isn't even safe for human consumption...).

I've been wanting an RO/DI unit for a while, but the cost has always been preventative. Recently a reason for one recently occurred to me. Every week my parents spend money to buy "spring" water at the local Costco to serve as drinking water. I figure that if the water from the RO/DI unit could be used for drinking purposes as well it could be a worthwhile investment.

However I have read conflicting stuff about drinking RO/DI water or even just the RO water (without the DI). One side says that the lack of minerals is okay because whatever food is consumed should provide enough minerals anyways, but the other says that pure water will lead to mineral deficiency and result in health problems (I see intestinal issues mentioned often). But then I've read that the army uses RO for drinking water, so there's definitely a lot of conflicting information out there.

Is RO water good to drink?
I've heard "no". Wait, I read that too quick. You don't want to drink water that has been stripped of "everything", but RO water is fine. I drink, and used to use water for one of my tanks that was from a Glacier water dispenser. Now, we just use that for drinking, because I use strickly RO/DI water for my saltwater tank. I think you're good :)

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