When drinking water just doesn’t taste or look right, the culprits are often minerals and salts that have dissolved in the water. These are commonly known as total dissolved solids (TDS).
What Are Total Dissolved Solids?
TDS or Total Dissolved Solids is a terminology that many are seemingly unaware of. We know this for a fact that the drinking water we consume today is ridden with harmful chemicals coming from treatment facilities across the country.
What happens is we successfully eradicate any and all kinds of useful minerals present in the water, which can be really bad in the long run. The main factor which is the root of all this is the Total Dissolved Solids or TDS that remain left out in the water post a simple filtration process.
If we have to go in terms of technicalities, the impurities which are greater than 2 microns would come under this category. Generally, a filtration process removes the contaminants that are about 0.45 microns coming from multiple sources.
The remainder of these contaminants is left out in the water harming its aesthetics characteristics completely.
If there are a copious amount of TDS present in the drinking water, it might prove fatal giving rise to multiple health problems. Therefore, it is important that the TDS amounts be taken care of especially when it comes to drinking water bodies.
Why do you Need to Measure TDS?
The primary reason to measure the TDS in water is to discern the overall quality of water. High TDS levels in water indicate the presence of chemicals & contaminants, which may be harmful to health. Thus, regular checking of the TDS level in water is vital. Other reasons include:
- Altered Taste: Water with high TDS level can have a salty, bitter or sulfuric taste.
- Health Hazards: High levels of dissolved substances like copper, fluorides, arsenic and lead in water can also affect your health over the long term.
- Plumbing and Appliances: High levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium salts can form scale and build-up in pipes and reduce the lifespan of appliances.
- Cooking: While TDS levels below 500 ppm is not harmful, high TDS level in water can alter the taste of the food or beverage.
- Cleaning: From fading of colours from clothes to water spots on utensils to build-up in sinks & faucets, high TDS level in water can cause a series of problems.
- Water Purifier Maintenance: A high level of TDS can affect the water purification systems, so regular checking is needed to ensure that it is working optimally.