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 comes from?
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 Culligan Man.
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.