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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question What's Your Tap Water TDS?

Saw this article, it's old I know
http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/14/wat...414health.html (Yay I'm #4!)

Ofc there's a lot of parameters to good drinking water, but for tank purposes I thought it'd be interesting to see:

1) Where do you live (City)?
2) What's your tap TDS?

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Miami, FL
130 TDS

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Holy crap, 24 straight out of the tap!?

Is that safe for human consumption? I thought really low TDS water are "aggressive" and leach minerals out of your body.

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Wichita Kansas, tap water, 410 ppm. Yes I just checked my tds meter with distilled water, 000.

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7 tds straight outta the tap. Its even lower in months with higher rainfall.
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First maybe some consideration should be given to the report. Remember that it is written to sell magazines and that should open it up to all kinds of questions. Anybody who believes a report just because it is written is open to folly.

It seems to relie on using small bits of information to arrive at false assumptions.

Quote "Higher turbidity levels may indicate higher levels of disease-causing microorganisms, such as viruses."

Had they wanted to give a balanced account, they should have stressed that high turbidity MAY indicate higher levels of bacteria, but that is IF the water is not treated.
Yes, it is true that drinking from a muddy puddle will give more bacteria than drinking from a clear spring in many cases but don't we need to consider that the water is treated with chlorine or chloramines to kill that bacteria?

Total turbidity is one of many small factors in water treatment but it is by far one of the lesser items for concern when rating water.

This report is another example of selling information in a scary way rather than reporting the truth. But then who would buy a report that told them drinking untreated water from the Potomac River is more dangerous than drinking from a spring in the high Rockies?
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274 ppm TDS (mostly Na, Cl, Ca, HCO3 and SO4).
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Based on my R/O unit's TDS meter (not sure how accurate) it usually starts at about 270 and sometimes spikes as high 301 but its rare.
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