- Wed May 06, 2020 8:06 pm
I just got my TDS meter and had to try a bunch of different waters. Here we go.
Location: Clarksville Tennessee
Tap, right after opening the faucet: 112 PPM. Not optimal, but I could use it in an emergency.
Tap, hot, after allowed to run to bring hot water to the faucet: 150 PPM. Not going to use that.
Tap, cold, allowed to run to flush the pipes: 101 PPM. I can use that if necessary.
Filtered from the fridge: 96 PPM. Better, TDS going down.
Tap, run through a Brita filter pitcher: 46 PPM. Now we're getting somewhere.
However, filtered fridge run through the Brita filter: 76 PPM. Interesting.
Rain water, collected in a bowl, 10 feet away from the house: 7 PPM. Yup, still going to use that.
Lastly, distilled: 0 PPM. Of course it is.
The initial Brita water had been sitting in the fridge a couple of days, maybe the temperature, 37°F, or time being allowed to "settle" had an effect.
I'm going to have to try some other combinations of water to see if I can reliably bring it down to make sure it's safe to use.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that I make bad decisions.