How Much Does a Reverse Osmosis System Cost to Install

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Access to Clean Drinking Water

If you are living in the United States, the likelihood that you ever thought about the benefits of your access to clean drinking water is low; you simply take it for granted. Only when you move to an area that lacks high water quality, you start thinking about what a privilege it is to turn on your kitchen faucet, fill a glass of water and be able to drink it – just like that.

Nowadays, even in the US the amount of areas that can provide you with access to high-quality and clean tap water diminishes every day. In many regions all over the country the water is polluted. It is polluted with hormones, high levels of pesticides (trickled into our water system from farms) and other chemicals, lead, harmful bacteria or viruses and more.

glass of filtered waterThose contaminants are dissolved in our tap water and not only make the water taste funny, but cause diseases, weaken our immune system, make us sleepy and god knows what. Unfortunately, treatment plants are not able to filter out all contaminants before the water enters the system in your home. Simply put, there are too many contaminants dissolved in the water.

If you live in a place like this and suffer from water that is full of contaminants, you may need a reverse osmosis water filter system installed in your home.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems

Reverse Osmosis is one of the most common technologies that are used to filter water. There are basically three kinds of systems that you can choose from:

  1. Reverse Osmosis Countertop Systems – A ro countertop unit can be attached to your kitchen sink in minutes. Therefore its main benefits is portability and the fact that you don’t have to invest neither time nor money for installation.
  2. Whole House Reverse Osmosis Filter Systems – Whole house water filter systems are complex and difficult to install. We always recommend that you assign the task to a professional plumber who knows what he does and does NOT cause a major water leakage in your home.
  3. Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Systems – Under sink reverse osmosis systems are the most common water filters on the market. The installation can be done within under 1 hour and you definitely don’t need to be an expert to do it (click to see a list of the best ro systems for home use). Though, if you prefer the ease of mind by employing a professional, check out the following section to get an estimate for the costs you should anticipate.

How Much Does a Reverse Osmosis System Cost to Install?

man installing ro filter unit himselfNow how much does it cost to install a ro unit in your home? In short – anywhere between $150 on the low and $1000+ on the high end. Since this is a huge price range, let’s shed some light into it and try to get a more precise estimate…

It Mostly Depends on Your System

The biggest cost factor is the kind of reverse osmosis unit you want to install. As mentioned above, whole house ro systems are super complex and not only take some time to install, there is also a lot of additional material involved, such as valves, drains and pipe connections.

Moreover most whole house systems aren’t standardized – and they shouldn’t. To provide water of the highest quality everywhere in your house, everything needs to be customized according to your needs. Therefore it is impossible for us to name you are price.

Instead get an estimate for your costs here:

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Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Systems Installation Costs

For standardized reverse osmosis units that get installed under your sink and provide processed water for only 1 tap, it is much easier to estimate installation costs.

If there is room to install the system and no or only minor problems occur, labor costs should not exceed $300. This includes:

  1. Basic Labor
    • Mounting unit, installing water supply line connector with shutoff valve, connecting system to existing water source, assemble and mount dispenser, running system to check for smooth operation, cleanup.
  2. Material
    • Materials required to install a reverse osmosis system include connectors, fittings and other hardware.
  3. Equipment
    • Equipment used for threading and cutting.
  4. Old Appliance Removal
    • Remove old appliances including legal disposal.
  5. Debris Disposal
    • Dispose installation waste and materials.

Of course the estimate could be down to $150 or up to $400 depending upon your particular situation.

Also, please be aware that costs for the system itself as well as relocation, repairing and modifying existing appliances and surfaces, water quality testing and inspection fees (might be required by your local building department) are not included in our cost calculation.

It’s not Cheap, But It’s Worth it

As you can see it’s not cheap to hire a plumber to install your reverse osmosis water filter system, but it’s well worth it! Considering the amount of pollutants that are dissolved in the drinking water in many areas of the United States today, investing $300 for a professional installation service should be a matter of course.

And for people that don’t have the budget or those who like to fumble a bit themselves, there is always the alternative to do the installation part yourself. It’s not an alternative though to not apply a reverse osmosis system and compromise your health.

About the Author

Hello! My name is Derek, 26 and I am an advocate for the protection of nature and our environment due to a very selfish reason: I want my family, friends and myself to stay healthy. I've installed a ro system under my kitchen sink to have access to clean drinking water 24/7.

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