What Is TDS For Ideal Drinking Water?


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TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and relates to the drinking water standards put in place by the  Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA. Drinking water should not contain any more than 500 mg per liter of TDS, which equates to 500 parts per million.

Some health specialists believe that the standards should be much lower than this and should be under 50 ppm but most tap water available in America contains around 350 mg of TDS per liter, although it has been known to be much higher.

Quality drinking water is absolutely essential for a healthy body. It is recommended that the average adult should drink at least 2 liters of water every day. Not doing so can result in serious health risks if the water being consumed is not free from harmful substances. Water can contain contaminants such as infection agents, toxic chemicals and radiological hazards and it is the job of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that we are provided with clean, safe drinking water.

Different countries have different standards when it comes to testing and regulating drinking water and even when the standards are in place, they may not be regulated or tested effectively. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to test all of the drinking water in a country for every type of harmful substance that could possibly be in the water. Many different things are assessed when the water is tested including the level of TDS. The pH is also tested along with the color, the hardness, the level of bacteria and toxins and the presence of oxygen.

In developed countries, chemicals are used to disinfect the water. Many people believe that these are harmful additives but they are necessary to ensure the water is free from disease and is safe to drink. It could potentially be a massive health risk if the chemicals were not added.

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