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Total dissolved solids - good or bad?

Total dissolved solids - good or bad?

What are Total Dissolved Solids?

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are all the elements - the good and bad in your drinking water. These can be organic and inorganic substances such as minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water and can include include:

  • aluminum
  • ammonium
  • arsenic
  • bicarbonate
  • barium
  • calcium
  • chloride
  • chromium
  • copper
  • cyanide
  • copper
  • fluoride
  • lead
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • nitrates
  • phosphate
  • silver
  • selenium
  • silicate
  • sulfate
  • sodium

Are TDS dangerous for my health?

As found by WHO, TDS in drinking water primarily originate from natural sources, sewage, industrial waste, urban run-off, and chemicals used in the water treatment process. Inorganic minerals are considered inert because they do not contain enzymes and therefore are not usable in the physiological process of human cell growth. These harmful minerals accumulate because the body cannot excrete or utilize them.

In most instances, TDS in your drinking water will not present a health problem but it's important to note, should TDS levels exceed 1000mg/L, the drinking water can be considered unfit for human consumption. If you are interested to find out what solids are in your drinking water, it can be useful to have a TDS water meter in your home. This is a small hand-held device used to indicate the amount of total dissolved solids. Additionally, you can invest in a water test kit that will tell you exactly what is in your water - including the good and the bad dissolved solids.

Better Water with Waterlogic

Take a step that gives you high quality, purified and refreshing water with a Waterlogic bottleless water dispenser.

Waterlogic is the only US bottleless water dispenser provider offering a comprehensive purification solution. The WQA Gold Seal ensures the water dispensers deliver cleaner, safer water and has certified Waterlogic with a Gold Seal of approval for quality. The Waterlogic Pure Water technology® 1 System not only reduces, but eliminates the inorganic contaminants through the TFC Reverse Osmosis Membrane. More about Waterlogic technologies:

Carbon Filtration

The Waterlogic carbon filters are a first line of defense against bad taste, odor and color. The Waterlogic water dispensers can filter harmful chemicals to deliver the highest quality and contaminant free water.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis (RO) works by forcing water under great pressure against a semi permeable membrane, that allows molecules to pass through while excluding contaminants. RO provides a higher level of filtration by effectively removing dissolved particles such as acid, salts, nitrates, pesticides and arsenic, to name a few. You really don’t want any of these particles in your water as apart from being unpleasant, the chances are the particles may contain bacteria. RO is ideal when the water source is unknown or is known to carry contaminants in the water.