Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 5

Moving forward let’s talk about dissolved organic contaminants. Once again these are substances that contain carbon, and also go into solution in water. Examples of dissolved organics would be Sodium or Calcium Bicarbonate. The bicarbonate ion (HCO³-) impacts the alkalinity of water. It is also an unusual organic compound because although it is a salt, and behaves like a soluble inorganic salt, the Carbon in the compound classifies it as…

Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 4

Sorry for the temporary lack in posting activity. I have been immersed in a few personal issues and spent today getting root canal. I am enough discomfort and pain to cuss, and I already have, just not here. So, lets get back to it. The second type of contaminant that we find in water is undissolved inorganics (UI). Again, this is material that contains no carbon, and that also will not…

Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 3

Let’s talk about the first category of water contaminants; Dissolved inorganics. If you remember from earlier posts, water is the universal solvent and given time, it will dissolve any substance. As water comes into contact with things and dissolves them, the water becomes contaminated. The most common dissolved inorganic substances are the minerals/salts that we see leaving spots on our dishes, cars and windows. Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Chlorides, Sulfates, Magnesium,…