Understanding TDS and its Role in Drinking Water
“Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.” – Luna Leopold
The mineral water we drink today is not as pure as we would want it to be. Riddled with impurities, contaminants and chemicals, a glass of water can prove to be harmful if not appropriately purified. When it comes to understanding water and its components, you must understand TDS.
What is TDS
TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and refers to the total concentration of dissolved substances in drinking water. TDS comprises inorganic salts and a small amount of organic matter as well. Inorganic salts are made up of the positively charged cations (calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium) and negatively charged anions (carbonates, nitrates, bicarbonates, chlorides and sulfates). The TDS level is how much of the total dissolved solids are present in the water.
Importance of TDS in Drinking Water
TDS in drinking water originates from places like natural sources, sewage, urban run-offs, industrial wastewater, chemicals in the water treatment process, chemical fertilizers used in the garden and plumbing. Water is a universal solvent and easily picks up impurities and can absorb and dissolve these particles quickly. Although elevated levels of TDS in drinking water is not a health hazard, it does lend the water a bitter, salty, or brackish taste. Calcium and magnesium, two minerals commonly found in TDS, can also cause water hardness, scale formation, and staining.
Different TDS levels
The TDS level helps indicate whether the drinking water is fit for consumption, requires filtration or is highly contaminated. Parts per million (PPM) is the measurement used for measuring TDS level in the water. If the TDS level is about 1000 PPM, it is unsafe and unfit for human consumption. Generally, the TDS level between 50-150 is considered as the most suitable and palatable. Bisleri water maintains a TDS level of 120 PPM, making it safe to drink.
Between 50-150 → Excellent for drinking
150-250 → Good
250-300 → Fair
300-500 → Poor
Above 1200 → Unacceptable
Measuring TDs Levels
Naturally, mineral water has no smell or taste. A change in the TDS level changes the texture and taste, making the water unfit for consumption. Some of the reasons why you should measure the TDS level of your drinking water are:
- Taste (high TDS level can make the water salty and/or bitter).
- PHealth Concerns (water with high TDS level will not have a drastic impact on your health but the
high level of lead or copper can make you fall sick).
- Cooking (TDS level above 1000 PPM can change the way the food tastes).
Maintaining the TDS level of mineral water is essential. You don’t need to worry about filtration and impurities when you can drink Bisleri water. The ideal TDS level maintained in every bottle or jar of Bisleri mineral water will make sure your body gets the essential dissolved organic and inorganic salts. The brand is about building trust and maintaining the purity of water. Now, with Bisleri’s online water delivery platform, health safety and immunity are just a click away.
Bisleri water passes through a 10 step purification process and 114 quality tests to ensure you get purity in every sip. A symbol of goodness, trust and purity, Bisleri has been a household name for decades. A leader in the beverage category, we’re cited as the most trusted brand across 500 categories in India. Our relentless commitment to quality stands true to our promise of providing safe, pure & healthy mineral water to consumers for the last 50 years.