What is TDS?

Measuring water TDS levels is the best way to understand your drinking water. Total Dissolved Solids are organic and non-organic sediments found in water, which contribute to a difference in the taste and appearance of water. Dissolved solids enter your water supply from a wide range of sources — old piping, run-off from road salts, pesticides, fertilizers, and more.

Where do Dissolved Solids come from?

Natural Sources

  • Minerals, salts, and ions from natural sources like rivers and groundwater contribute to Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in drinking water, influencing taste and quality. Monitoring and treatment ensure potable water.

Human Activities

  • Human activities, such as industrial discharges, agriculture, and urban runoff, contribute to elevated Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels in water bodies, impacting aquatic ecosystems and necessitating water quality management.

Wastewater and Contamination

  • Industrial waste, mining runoff, and water pipe erosion contribute to water pollution, introducing harmful substances and elevated Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

Environmental Disruptions

  • Decomposing algae, plants, and deceased animals release organic matter into water, increasing Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Effective water treatment is essential to maintain quality and safety.

Do you know your local TDS?

Total dissolved solids (TDS) are organic and inorganic materials, such as metals, minerals, salts, and ions dissolved in water. Enter your zip code to retrieve your area’s average TDS reading.

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