Didn't find anything in the Carnivorous Plant Articles section about Reverse Osmosis units nor anything with a quick search, so I thought I'd ask.
As I prepare to install a plant rack and more plants, maybe even a mini-bog outside, I find myself running low on water. A local Fred Meyer has one of those RO Water Filter stations, but I do not drive and walking 5 gallons of water home is not a super appealing proposition. Bringing home water 1-2 gallons at a time is working out pretty well so far but with more plants, that is becoming a losing position.
What I have actually been looking at lately is a Reverse Osmosis unit. However, as I currently live in an apartment, it would have to be a unit that I could connect to a tap source and not an under sink or garden hose unit.
The one I was looking at first was the AquaWizard (No opinion as to the store, just a link to the product):
It seems to be about what I need, with it hooking up to the tap directly and filtering water on out. The speed seems a bit on the low side, with it taking 90 minutes to make 1 gallon of water, but for my use, that would probably be plenty.
I mentioned this on another forum and someone pointed out for the price of that system, I could purchase a "real" RO system. The one he said he owned was the following (again, I have no opinion on the store, just showing the product):
This one also has a faucet adapter, but is a 75 Gallons Per Day system. Now, the other system assumes you would need to replace the filter in 6 months, presumably this system would need the same -- but if I am not using it at anywhere near capacity (I cannot imagine needing more than 1-2 gallons a day, if that, depending on if I make a minibog or not -- a minibog will add to my water usage rather extensively), the filters would likely last me a good long while, correct?
Another local friend who keeps tropical fish also suggested purchasing a RO filter system from a local tropical fish store, but I am unsure as to the effectiveness of one of those systems. Most of them that I saw through a quick glance are Ionization systems or other types of filtering, not RO.
So, any advice for a slightly crazy newbie looking into moving beyond gallon jugs of water from the local WinCo? Perhaps I should buy a TDS system before making the plunge?