What are Total Dissolved Solids?
Posted by Jeff Wahl on 12/19/2021 to Water Contaminants
"Water is commonly known as the universal solvent, particles of soluble materials are absorbed into the water."
TDS refers to the amount of minerals, metals, organic material and salts that are dissolved in a certain water volume that is expressed in mg/L or parts per million (ppm)
Conducting a TDS test is a good practice to ensure the safety of water or verify proper equipment operation.
Health Unit Water Testing
Does a good test result put your mind at ease that the water is safe for consumption?
Total Dissolved Solids - What You Don't See
If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye. They are not associated with a bacterial test and are not tested for at the Public Health Unit when you submit a water sample. At certain level’s they pose a risk and are not a recommended drinking water source according to the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Sometimes what you do not see can be a risk.
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