Is Cloudy Water Safe to Drink?

Have you ever gone to the sink to fill a glass with water, but what comes out of the tap is something milky and cloudy, far from the clear water you were expecting?  With all of the current concerns about water quality, cloudy water may cause you to dump out that glass and grab some […]

How to Use a TDS Meter

What is TDS? TDS refers to the Total Dissolved Solids that can be found in a liquid. The solids can be a variety of salts, minerals, metals, anions, and cations.  When they are dissolved in a liquid, their weight can be measured using a TDS meter. Measuring TDS The most accurate way to measure TDS […]

Top 5 Water Bottles to Use When You Are Pregnant

Benefits of Water During Pregnancy Everyone knows that drinking water is an important part of maintaining good health.  It’s even more important to drink enough water when you are pregnant.  Your body uses water to supply your cells, tissues, and organs with oxygen and nutrients.  It’s critical to maintain proper hydration when you are pregnant. This […]

How to Test Well Water at Home

Water quality is headline news these days.  The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is still making the new four years later.  Most recently, Chicago’s water quality has come into question. Unfortunately, if you get your water from a private well, there are no watch groups looking out for you.  If your water isn’t coming from […]

How Do I Know If I Have Hard Water?

What Is Hard Water? When people talk about water quality, one of the factors that is often mentioned is hardness.  As water travels through the ground, it picks up small amounts of sediment from soil and rocks.  Two of the most common minerals that easily dissolve to form hard water are calcium and magnesium.  These […]

What Is the Best Water for Drinking?

With so many options for bottled water and filtered water, have you ever wondered what is the best water for drinking?  If you take a quick walk down the water aisle at your local grocery store, you will find dozens upon dozens of different kinds of water.  It is hard to believe there are so […]

Understanding the Difference Between Tap and Distilled Water

No matter where your water comes from, whether its tap water or distilled water, you need to be concerned about its quality. Government organizations set water quality standards to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water. Characteristics used to judge water include dissolved mineral content, number of bacteria, pH, and hardness.  Distilled water […]

The Importance of Well Water Testing

In the United States, over 15% of the population get their drinking water from private wells.  Even more well water is used for livestock watering, irrigation, chemical spraying, farming, and industrial purposes.  Unlike public water, private water is not regulated by the EPA or other government agencies.  Testing well water is important to ensure the […]

Are All Bottled Waters Created Equal? – A Simple Science Project

As we’ve seen from recent news headlines, you cannot take safe drinking water for granted.  When people are worried about the quality of their tap water, they often turn to bottled waters.  Today, bottled water is a growing industry and there are dozens of brands to choose from, but are all brands created equal? Testing […]

Does the Time of Day Change What Is in Your Water?

With all of the scares about water quality and safety, there are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of drinking contaminated water.  One of the cautions we have heard recently is that the quality of your municipal water can change depending on the time of day. We decided to put this theory […]

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