The abbreviation TDS expands to the total dissolved solids. After the water is filtered through a normal filtering process, the water may contain contaminants such as organic and inorganic materials, including minerals and ions dissolved in water in a particular quantity. These particles are not treated in the normal filtering process because of their large size. TDS are the microns whose size is more significant than 2 microns.
How much TDS level is recommended for drinking water?
High to moderate TDS present in the water can cause various health problems. It can even change the taste of water, food and causes the filter to be damaged. The water we use, especially for drinking purposes, should be free from contaminants and other harmful chemicals. Owing to this, it becomes necessary to test the TDS level of the water.
TDS level can be measured by the TDS meter that is readily available in the market. It is believed that water above 1000mg/l is unfit for consumption purposes. It can cause serious health problems. The presence of chemicals such as sodium, chloride, potassium, arsenic, and others drives the TDS level to rise and becomes problematic for health.
So, now you have got to know the basic concept of TDS and its importance. But you might question how much TDS level is accepted for drinking water and other purposes. So, here we have presented a table for you providing all the information.
TDS level in parts per million (ppm)
Less than 50
It lacks minerals essential for the human body.
Excellent for drinking.
The TDS level is the ideal one for the areas where water is polluted by sewage and industrial waste.
The water is ideal one for the people with cardio vascular problems.
The water is good for people with cardiovascular problems.
These are fairly acceptable but not highly recommended for drinking purposes.
The quality of water is very poor and not recommended for drinking purposes.
It contains high amount of harmful minerals and hence pose a problem on our health.
According to the Indian Bureau Standards, the upper limit kept for TDS is up to 500 ppm. However, WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a TDS level of 300 ppm.
What level of TDS does the WHO recommends?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the upper limit of the TDS level of drinking water is 300 ppm. However, it provides the limitation of various TDS levels that indicates the purposes for which it should be used. The table is presented here as below:
TDS level parts per million (ppm)
Less than 300
Go and check the TDS level today and save yourself from the happening of possible health hazards. If the TDS level is above or less than the limit specified, get installed a RO plant, or you can boil the water or adopt the process of deionization of water. However, the best and easy one is to install a RO purification water system. It won’t cost you much.
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