When we talk about minerals in a water supply, we use the term Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). These are minerals, that can vary a great deal, due to the local rocks or the soil composition that’s present in the area, where the water emerges on the surface. Even snow melting and rainfall can pick up minerals from the ground as it flows downstream. Each water source is different, but there are common minerals that are found in most water supplies. In smaller quantities, these minerals can be beneficial to health, but larger amounts could have a detrimental effect on some people. Effective water filtration will remove harmful contaminants and allow beneficial minerals through. ripple-effect-1176989


An average adult needs 800mg of calcium every day and teenagers need significantly more to grow. Calcium is well known for its benefits, such as: stabilizing bone structure, cell membranes, and teeth, it also ensures that nerve impulses are transmitted correctly and prevents blood clotting. If we don’t get enough calcium, our bones can decalcify leading to osteoporosis and an increased risk of bone fractures. Numerous skin allergies are also less pronounced in there is enough calcium in the diet. 


Nearly all the cells in the human body contain magnesium, and an adult person needs 300-400mg each day. We need magnesium to regulate muscle contractions, to transmit nerve impulses and to activate our energy producing enzymes. Our bone structure is reliant on magnesium; it can expand blood vessels and reduce the risks of coronary failure. Finally, if there is a lack of magnesium, many people experience symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches or migraines nervousness and a lack of concentration. 


We generally need between 2-4 mg of potassium each day, but children and teenagers need more. This is because potassium helps the growth of cells, regulates the pressure of water between the cells and thus ensures that the cells get enough food. Potassium helps with muscle contractions, and it forms and conducts the impulses in our heart. If a person has a potassium deficiency, they may have weaker skeletal muscles and increased levels of fatigue. 


The daily requirement for sodium is largely determined by the person’s level of exertion. Usually, approximately 3 mg per day is sufficient, but people that are very physically active could need 15mg or even more. Sodium affects your heart metabolism and its regular contractions. We rarely have to worry about sodium deficiencies these days, and in fact, many people may be ingesting too much on a daily basis in processed food. 

If you’re worried about the presence of TDS in your water supply, contact a local water treatment professional. They will be familiar with the makeup of the water in your area and well qualified to offer the best advice. There are many kinds of water filtration/water softeners and water treatment system available to treat a wide variety of issues. Check that your chosen professional has full WQA certification and they will meet and even exceed industry standards.

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative.  Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.