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Old 01-23-11, 08:07 PM
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reverse osmosis water systems

Our home only has well water, and as part of our renovations I purchased a Watts Premier five stage reverse osmosis system, which will supply us with up to 10 gallons of purified water a day - much more than our needs.

Problem is that the tap that comes with the system is not something that really appeals or fits in aesthetically with the tap fixture we're putting in. What we'd like to do is simply direct the clean water to the refrigerator's water outlet - that's all we really need. If water is required at room temperature we'll just keep a bottle or two stored in the cupboard and top them up at need.

Question is though, can we do this? The tap that comes with the system has three separate hoses running to/from it, one of which is for drainage, so maybe it just isn't that simple that we can dispense with the tap altogether. Anyone have any experience of these units, enough to tell us whether our idea can work or not?

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Old 01-24-11, 03:56 AM
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I am not sure exactly how your system works but the tap than comes with your system may be designed to have the concentrate or dirty water go down the drain through that tap.
Is there a drain connection hooked up to the tap?
RO systems put somewhere between 4-5 gallons of concentrate down the drain for every gallon of clean water produced.........it has to go somewhere.

Hooking up to the fridge tap is ok but preferably you might also want somewhere to easily fill a larger container or not have to flush through the fridge's filter if it has one.
 
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Hi there,
You're right, we do have one of those taps that requires drainage, but apparently that's optional depending on county and state, according to Watts site online. They're called air-gap faucets, and the fact we picked one up with this type on board may mean we need it.

Here's the system we have. https://www.wattspremier.com/product...Osmosis-System

As I said, if there was a way around needing the tap we'd prefer it. Part of the reason is that we had a double sink installed with an extra big bowl on one side. We didn't realize that this was going to sit so deep that it wouldn't allow for conventional tap fittings to go in place at the back - we have to use a single hole unit. It's partly because of this that we wanted to eliminate the faucet for the RO system, as it will look a little cluttered having everything sitting to one side behind the sink.

Of course, if we had our time all over again we'd have ordered a plain double sink - but the granite's already been cut and installed to suit.
 
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Old 01-24-11, 02:49 PM
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What is required code in all areas is that the discharge line from the RO unit must be placed into an open trap, much like the drain hose from a clothes washer dumping into a long pipe, connected to a p trap.

You don't have to use the faucet supplied with the RO unit, you just need to put the drain from the RO into a pipe that has a p trap on it.
The idea is that you can not pipe the drain from the RO directly to the drain line because it would be possible to contaminate your drinking water should something fail and the water backed up.

If you install a separate drain line with a trap for the RO unit you can put any kind of faucet at the sink that you want.
 
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Thanks Greg, that really clarifies the matter.

Cheers....Tim
 
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