What the Total Dissolved Solids test Means for Your Drinking Water

Is Your Drinking Water Pure? The TDS Test Can Tell You.

How do you know if the water you are drinking is actually good or not? Water bottle and water delivery brands are constantly pushing their products as the best drinking water, but how are you, as a consumer, supposed to know if their claims hold any water (pun intended)?

There are several ways you can determine the quality of the water you are drinking and one of those ways is a test known as the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) test. This test determines the general quality of the water by measuring the amount of minerals, both good and bad, within the water.

According to the World Health Organization, TDS in water supplies can originate from natural sources, sewage, urban and agricultural run-off, and industrial wastewater. The concentration of TDS in water sources can vary drastically from less than 30 mg/liter to as much as 6000 mg/liter.

There is limited research that suggests that higher levels of TDS in water may have adverse health effects, but WHO agrees that water containing less than 1000 mg/liter of TDS is safe for consumption. Levels of TDS in water sources is mainly considered a secondary cosmetic and aesthetic standard for water. However, elements of TDS can include chlorides, sulfates, magnesium, calcium, and carbonates, all minerals that affect corrosion or encrustation in water pipes, water heaters, boilers and household appliances.

Higher levels of TDS in water have been proven to affect the taste of water and consumers reportedly prefer drinking water with lower TDS and studies show consumers do not like the taste of water with high levels of TDS.

Last year Total Beverage Services reported a low TDS of 14 mg/liter in the water from its natural artesian water source. Compare these results with water brands like Fiji (Figi) and Evian (California), that both reported much higher TDS test results of 230 mg/liter and 380 mg/liter.

Total Beverage Services is committed to providing the purest drinking water to its customers. The health and happiness of our consumers is our priority. To learn more about Total Beverage Services’ TDS test results click here . To sign up for our water delivery services and receive your first bottle for free, click here .