Water Quality Tests

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Water quality tests are vital at two important stages of the water filtration system selection process: before you filter your water and after you filter your water. Getting your water analyzed before you apply any treatment procedures to it will tell you exactly with what you are dealing. It is impossible to know what to target for removal until you know what is in your water.

Local government and utility concerns usually keep information about the composition of your water supply on file. Barring that, many filtration companies and distributors offer free water analysis as part of their customer service. You can also buy home tests to administer yourself. However you go about it, know your water!

Step Right Up and Test Your Water Quality

Once your water has been analyzed you can pick the water filtration solution that works best for your situation. Your filtered water will be noticeably cleaner and clearer, but your testing days are not over. The only way to find out just how effective is your water purification system is to test it again.

A TDS meter is a filtration customer's best friends in these cases. These items test for the amount of Total Dissolved Solids in your water. Your filtered water should register as close to zero as possible, especially directly after installation. Once the TDS meter indicates that less than 80 percent of solids have been removed, it is time to buy a replacement filter. Testing your water frequently ensures that you are always drinking the cleanest and safest water available.

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