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,…

Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 2

There are only two fundamental types of water contamination, and each of those types has two different classifications. Water contaminants must be either organic contaminants, or inorganic contaminants. In chemistry, the word “organic” signifies the carbon molecule. The word “inorganic” signifies the absence of carbon. Do not confuse the word organic in the science world, with improper use of the word in the food world. Scientifically, all food is organic.…

Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 1

From the time I graduated college I have been tormented with the task of trying to explain what I do for a living to people. The chemistry, biology, physics and very nature of water are complex, intertwined and full of live-affecting implications to everyone. Even now, in the age of horrible water scarcity, misconceptions about water flourish. Perhaps even worse,  many are convinced that water is such a simple thing, there…