Understanding Water Contaminants – Part 6

So here we go, the finale’ in our series. Last but not least let’s talk about undissolved organic contaminants. To qualify for this group a contaminant has to contain carbon but refuse to go into solution. If Stephen Tyler and Aerosmith were in your swimming pool, technically they would be organic contaminants, even though you probably wouldn’t want to remove them. Okay, back to the lesson. Oil spills are probably…

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 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,…