Black & White Series Reverse Osmosis


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The standard Black & White three-stage system.

See also our Reverse Osmosis FAQ.

All installer connections are with John Guest or Mur-lok Quick-Connect fittings. Just push the tube into the fitting. No tools needed.

Our Black & White Series Reverse Osmosis units have been sold and installed in the Denton area since the early 1990s and have been shipped to our out-of-town customers since the mid-1990s.

We've continued to improve our basic design, so that our Black & White unit is now the most easily installed and reliable standard reverse osmosis unit available anywhere. Instructions are short and precise; phone support is free.

Reverse Osmosis: A Complete Drinking Water Treatment

Reverse Osmosis is our main product. We consider it to be the most complete and effective home drinking water treatment. It provides very high quality water in a convenient delivery system, at a reasonable initial cost and with only moderate upkeep.

A typical home reverse osmosis unit uses activated carbon filtration to remove chemicals, bad tastes and odors, along with a very tight semi-permeable membrane to reduce “dissolved solids” like sodium, and heavy metal contaminants like lead, aluminum and arsenic. Unlike most standard water filters, RO units will also remove fluoride and nitrates.

For overall performance, see related article.

Black & White Series

Our Black & White reverse osmosis units are offered in three styles: the standard three-stage for top-quality performance on city water, the 50/50 Series for low water-usage, and custom built units made to your specifications. All are built with tough, reliable and standard-sized parts — the best we can find in every category:

  • MatriKX extruded carbon blocks (much better than RO filters have to be).

  • Reliable and effective Filmtec thinfilm membrane, or the innovative Pentair GRO membrane for our 50/50 series.

  • Tomlinson Pro-Flo ledge faucet, with pre-installed tubing for quick installation.

  • Ultra-reliable Payne control system that shuts the unit off when the storage tank is full.

  • Tough, heavy-duty filter vessels and membrane housing built onto a strong, steel frame.

  • John Guest tubing joined together with o-ring sealed quick connect fittings for leak-free performance and ease of installation.

  • A top-quality NSF certified metal storage tank.

Our Black & White series also includes an electronic dissolved solids tester to allow you to monitor the system's membrane function. (Unlike filter cartridges, membranes should be replaced according to performance, not time. As long as it works, you don't replace it.)

The entire unit is guaranteed for two years from date of purchase, excluding only the expendable carbon filter cartridges, which should be replaced annually, and the RO membrane, which is replaced as needed. (A typical membrane life is three to five years.)

Black & White: Standard Three-Stage

Order the standard three-stage unit if you'd like the one that we recommend to most customers on municipal water supplies.

During checkout, you'll be asked to provide information about your cold water undersink setup and faucet preference.

Part # ro001

Standard three-stage unit. Complete with all installation accessories and a TDS tester to monitor the performance of the membrane.

$368.00

Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $368.00
Part # ro003

Standard three-stage unit with Aquatec Permeate Pump to improve membrane efficiency. Complete with all installation accessories and a TDS tester to monitor the performance of the membrane.

$428.00

Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $428.00

Black & White: 50/50 Series

Our Black & White: 50/50 Series offers an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional reverse osmosis units.

Water Saving Reverse Osmosis

We consider reverse osmosis to be the best home treatment for drinking water, but nothing is perfect. One imperfection of reverse osmosis is that it uses more water than what ends up in your cup — often, quite a bit more.

A standard undersink reverse osmosis unit will send, at best, about four cups of water to drain for every cup of purified water produced. “At best” means when the storage tank is empty and not putting back pressure on the membrane.

As the tank fills, back pressure makes the ratio of product water to drain water worse.

Our Black & White: 50/50 series units change the 4:1 ratio to a genuine 1:1. A gallon of product water goes into the storage tank for every gallon of reject water that flows to drain. This 50/50 performance is achieved by using Pentair's exceptional new GRO membrane. With the GRO, greater membrane efficiency allows the use of less drain water to keep the membrane clean.

So, why don't we just use GRO membranes on all Black & White units since they save water as compared with conventional membranes? It's because with extreme water conservation you give up a bit of TDS performance. Although the GRO is a top performer and makes superb drinking water, its rejection rate of “dissolved solids” is about 2 percentage points less than that of Pentair's conventional membranes. 96% vs. 98%. As we said, nothing is perfect, but as a practical reality you won't notice the slight TDS performance difference and you will use a lot less water.

Part # ro050

Three-stage unit with Pentair GRO high recovery membrane. Complete with all installation accessories, faucet, storage tank and a TDS tester

$388.00

Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $388.00
Part # ro051

Built to order four stage unit with Pentair GRO high recovery membrane. Complete with all installation accessories, faucet, storage tank and a TDS tester

$388.00

Select a cartridge setup below. These are a few commonly ordered cartridge configurations; if you don't see what you need here, give us a call:

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Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $388.00

Black & White: Built to Order

The four-stage version of our Black & White unit, available for the same price as the three stage.

“But Sam's Discount Store Has a
5-stage Unit. That Must Be Better...”

Actually, 5-stage systems aren't any better than three, unless there's a reason for the extra stages.

Mass merchandisers build big systems with extra stages for several reasons. They're building for a national market, so they throw in a little something for everyone. For example, a pre-sediment filter is necessary if the unit is to process well water that has sand in it, but for most city water customers the sediment filter is just a bother and an added expense to replace. The store-clerks who sell the systems usually don't know much about them, so the manufacturer builds something that looks impressive to the buyer. Bigger is assumed to be better, and five-stages must be better than three or four.

The result is a unit that has to be serviced often (cheap cartridges don't last long), is hard to service (you have four cartridges to replace rather than two), and has a lot more things that can go wrong.

What we prefer is to build the unit according to what you need and want. We start with our basic three-stage system, then add anything else you might need. Cartridges can be added or substituted as you wish without changing the basic unit price.

Part # ro002

Built to order. Complete with all installation accessories and a TDS tester to monitor the performance of the membrane.

$368.00

Select a cartridge setup below. These are a few commonly ordered cartridge configurations; if you don't see what you need here, give us a call:

default

Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $368.00
Part # ro004

Built to order. Complete with all installation accessories and a TDS tester to monitor the performance of the membrane.

$428.00

Select a cartridge setup below. These are a few commonly ordered cartridge configurations; if you don't see what you need here, give us a call:

default

Inlet valves connect your water filter to your cold water faucet line. Choose the option that matches your undersink plumbing.

Tomlinson Pro-Flo is the standard option — it's a basic design, but dependable and sturdy. All Tomlinson faucets are of exceptionally fine quality, with smooth and easy handle action and spouts that swivel 360 degrees.

(Select an option below to preview.)

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Designer Faucet.

Choose a color / finish for your Tomlinson Contemporary Faucet.

Price: $428.00

Additional Upgrade Options

Some free options:

  1. Increased Production. The 24-gallon-per-day system almost always makes a lot more water than people need. But if you want more, we'll build a 36-gallon or 50-gallon system or even larger at no extra charge. (No disadvantages to the bigger system except that smaller membranes usually last longer than high production models and the TDS reduction performance is a bit better.)

  2. Filter Substitutions. If you have special requests for filter cartridges, we'll substitute whatever we have in stock at no additional charge. For example, if you have iron in your water, we'll give you a KDF-based prefilter or perhaps a Filox to protect the RO membrane from iron. Or, if you want all coconut shell carbon filters, we'll supply them. We have specialty cartridges that remove bacteria, deal with chloramines, or increase the pH of water leaving the RO unit —lots of choices for special needs.

  3. Miniturization. If you have a really small space to work with, we can make compact units that fit the space you have. We'll also provide a scaled-down storage tank if the regular one won't fit your space. (Smaller tanks cost us more than standard-sized tanks.)

  4. Plumbing Extras. If you need a tee to hook your refrigerator to the RO unit, just tell us and we'll supply it. We also have a great John Guest refrigerator connector that lets you hook to the back of your refrigerator without so much as a wrench. We'll also throw in inline valves, extra tubing, etc. If you'll describe your installation, we'll include everything you need.

Some upgrades that you have to pay extra for:

  1. A Ceramic Post Filter

    If you want to assure that your water is absolutely bacteria free, we'll add a Doulton Sterasyl cartridge after the last carbon filter. It's a 99.999% bacteria remover. You'll never have to replace it. But, like everything else, it has disadvantages. It's so tight it will cut the pressure of the water you get from the faucet some, and you'll have to clean it once a year. (Not a hard job, but sometimes messy.) Please note that if you want a ceramic added as one of the regular filters of the RO unit, there's no charge. The Add-On unit below is in addition to the regular RO unit.

    Part # Description Price
    AO300 Ceramic Addon — Parts (Vessel and fittings, cartridge not included) $28.00
    FC700 Ceramic Addon — Sterasyl Filter Cartridge $36.00
  2. UV Lamp

    If you prefer ultra-violet treated water, we'll add a Sterilight Copper UV lamp as the final stage. The purpose — the only purpose — of ultraviolet treatment is to assure that the water you drink is absolutely bacteria-free.

    Part # Description Price
    UV900 Sterilight UV Add-On option $171.00
  3. Aquatec 6800 Pump

    If you don't have enough water pressure to run the unit, we'll equip it with an Aquatec RO pump that will run it royally on any inlet pressure. This is an electric pump, so you'll need a source of 110 volt electricity at your place of installation. This option can be added to RO001 and RO002, below. It is not for use with our permeate pump models. And if you choose a unit with a membrane of larger than 50 gallons per day production, you'll need the Aquatec 8800 pump, described on the page below:

    Go here for pump picture and information.

    Part # Description Price
    RP003 Aquatec 6800 Booster Pump — RO Add-On $138.00
  4. Permeate Pump

    This is a special non-electric pump that gets its power from the RO unit's brine (drain water). It's a great performance enhancer. It's especially valuable if you have low inlet pressure. No matter what your water pressure, it puts a lot more water in your storage tank and improves efficiency in many ways. Although the permeate pump can be added to an existing RO unit, it's much easier to buy the unit with the pump installed. (The Aquatec electric pump above can be easily added to existing RO units — ours or anyone else's.) You won't need a source of electricity for this pump.

    Go here for pump picture and more information.

    Part # Description Price
    RP100 Aquatec Permeate Pump $68.00

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