Some marijuana growers try to get by with tap water or well water instead of reverse osmosis water.
They do this to save money, time and water.
Their concerns are valid.
It costs money to buy, install and run a reverse osmosis unit.
A premium reverse osmosis unit for a large grow op can cost $600 or more.
The unit’s filters have to be changed periodically, at a cost of about $100 per changeout.
A reverse osmosis unit uses several gallons of water for every gallon of reverse osmosis water it produces.
This costs extra money every season, if you pay for water.
Well water and tap water are almost always polluted or at the very least contaminated.
Groundwater and municipal water often contain minerals, pesticides, toxins, and other materials that interfere with your hydroponics nutrients feed program or damage your marijuana plants.
Most water starts at 200 parts per million of these materials, and there are often higher concentrations.
These concentrations skew nutrient element ratios, resulting in nutrients lockout, bad pH and overfertilization.
Municipal water almost always contains chlorine and/or chloramine.
You can get rid of chlorine by leaving your water open to the air for a few days before using it.
But chloramine is more persistent and doesn’t dissipate completely.
Chlorine and chloramine harm or kill beneficial microbes in your marijuana root zone.
These microbes exist in healthy soil.
They also exist in hydroponics root zones when you use Voodoo Juice, Tarantula and Piranha, all beneficial microbes products.
But chlorine and chloramine decrease or eliminate beneficial microbes, depriving your marijuana roots of valuable biological enhancement.
The only solution to this, unless you gather pure rainwater direct from the sky rather than from roof runoff, is to use reverse osmosis water.
Buying and installing a quality reverse osmosis unit for a typical home marijuana grow op will cost about $600, and about $50 every crop cycle in ongoing expense.
Your water consumption goes up, which may generate extra expense every crop cycle.
The benefit is, when you use reverse osmosis water, it’s zero parts per million — absolutely free of contaminants, minerals, chlorine and chloramine.
Using reverse osmosis water along with a premium pH-balancing hydroponics base nutrient such as Connoisseur or Sensi gives you total control over marijuana feeding.
Your plants intake nutrients faster, your marijuana roots are healthier, your growth rate and harvest weight increase.
Take a look here at reverse osmosis equipment, and ask the retailer which reverse osmosis system is best for you.