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,…

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.…