determine water quality

24 Apr. 20

Determine Water Quality: Everything You Need To Know

The quality of your drinking water has a direct impact on your overall health and wellbeing. It impacts how dry your skin is and whether your hair is brittle or flowing with life. It can also impact the smell of your washed clothing and clean dishes. There are times where you will know right out of the gate there is an issue with the quality of your water. Other times it might not be as noticeable.

However, just because you are unable to identify a problem through taste or smell does not mean there isn’t a problem. That is exactly why you need to know how to determine water quality. And should you find there to be an issue it is important to treat the water. Treated water will not only improve the quality of your drinking water, but it will help extend the life of your plumbing and connected appliances as well.

How To Determine Water Quality

Here are some ways on how to determine water quality and to ensure it is good to use:

Several Forms Of Testing

There are several forms of testing to determine water quality. At our local water purification plant, these different tests will be implemented. These steps are used by the plants to pinpoint what kind of purification is needed. While this does help improve the water before it reaches your home, it still needs to travel through miles of pipes. These pipes are often decades old (at least), and overtime minerals and other deposits can form within the pipes, which then ends up in the water. So while there are a number of testing methods used by the local water purification plant, you will still want to have your own water tested at the house.

Have you ever noticed that the “best” bottled water often colds from colder regions? Why is this? Because bacteria and other microscopic organisms do not thrive in colder temperatures (not to say bacteria will not be present in cold temperatures, just most bacteria do not reproduce as quickly in cold water). So your local plant will test the water temperature. The local water temperature will impact everything from the kind of fish to plant life and potential pollutants. Scientists and engineers testing the local water supply will know what kind of purification methods to use based on the local water temperature.

The acidity of water is measured in pH. If you think back on your high school chemistry class you’ll know that H stands for hydrogen. Well, the pH level of water looks at the number of hydrogen ions present in the water. By looking at the pH level it makes it possible to determine whether or not the water is acidic, basic, or neutral. From there the necessary purification methods are used in order to improve the quality of the water.

There is oxygen within the water. Fish use their gills to pull oxygen out of the water. There are usually about 10 oxygen molecules for every million water molecules. At least this is the level that needs to be present in water for organisms to survive. The less dissolved oxygen found in the water the more difficult it is for organisms to survive.

Another test performed at your local water purification facility is a turbidity test. This is used for identifying possible issues that make the water cloudy. Usually, anything from clay to plankton will impact how clear the water is.

Testing Your Water At Home

When testing your water at home some of these same tests will be performed. One of the most common tests though is to determine how hard your water is. While your local water filtration plant will perform this test the water hardness will differ once it arrives at your home. This is because over the course of traveling through miles and miles of pipes it will take on minerals from the pipes, which in the end will impact the hardness of your water.

Water hardness is in reference to the amount of magnesium and calcium in your water. It is best to remove these minerals from your home’s water system as over time the minerals will begin to cling to the plumbing within the house, which can cause the plumbing to break down or for you to have problems with water pressure. Hard water may cause problems with your washing machine, dishwasher, and other appliances, as well as the calcium and other minerals, begin to corrode.

Another test performed at your home is known as a suspended sediment test. This is used to determine the amount of soil and other floating sediment found in your home’s water supply. This may actually depend on the speed of which water travels to your house. Faster moving water can pick up and hold more soil than slow-moving water. While you are unable to adjust the amount of dirt picked up from the city’s water source to your home, you can remove the soil before it enters your home. After all, when you want a glass of water you don’t want to have dirt floating in it. This test will help.

A final water purification test is known as a specific conductance test. This is where the water will be measured to see how well it conducts an electric current. The electric current test helps point out how much-dissolved salt is within the water.

Get Your Water Tested Today

The best way to determine water quality and what issues you might have with your water is to have it tested. With our staff here at Quality Water of the Carolinas, it is possible to determine water quality, identify the potential problems, and then make the necessary improvements in order to ensure you have the highest quality water possible. All of this begins by reaching out to us. You can give us a call, send us an email, or use the “Request A Quote” page. You’re never obligated to any kind of purchase by contacting us. So, what are you waiting for? A single call or email may be all that’s between you and the best tasting water you’ve ever had.