Total dissolved solids. Have you heard the reference? Those of
us in the know refer to them as TDS. Much easier to remember, isn't
it? But what are they, and why should you be concerned if there is
a high level of TDS in your drinking water?
TDS most commonly refers to the level of dissolved ions in
water. Simply put, TDS is the presence of dissolved minerals in your water, most
often calcium, potassium and sodium. You see now where the name
Let's get down to the science of it. Pure water doesn't conduct
electricity very well, but ions dissolved in the water will. The
more ions dissolved in water, the higher the conductivity, which is
where the measurement comes from. Sometimes high TDS makes its way
into drinking water - whether through seawater intrusion in coastal
areas, natural sources like rocks, bedrocks and soils, or even road
salt. And that's where we want to pump the brakes.
The bottom line - high TDS is going to make your water taste
bad. Depending on the dissolved solid present, your water could
taste salty. Bitter. Astringent. Yuck, gross, bad, if you ask us.
High TDS can also increase corrosion and scaling in your household
plumbing and appliances.
At Culligan, we offer several solutions to reduce TDS in water,
including both point-of-entry whole home filters and softeners and point-of-use water
filtration systems. If you think you have TDS in your water,
Culligan has the testing capability, local water knowledge, skills
and products to best address your water needs. You can trust your
The Culligan Aqua Cleer® Drinking Water System is one example. With its
advanced filtration, including reverse osmosis, the system is
completely customizable to fit your household water needs,
resulting in great tasting drinking water.
Still unsure about total dissolved solids? We don't blame you.
Holler at your Culligan Man, and he'll know what to do.