How can you determine that your drinking water is not a good quality?

Published on 15/11/2020 Last updated on 29/09/2023

The quality of the drinking water differs per household. It depends on where the water is extracted in the Netherlands. The ground and surface water in the Netherlands comes into contact with different kinds of (chemical) substances. And even after purification leftovers remain in the drinking water. But how can you determine that your drinking water is not a good quality?

Before the water comes out of our tap, it has come a long way. Water purification installations ensure that the tap water is purified according to the quality standard. Tap water is therefore safe to drink according to the standard, but that does not mean that the quality of our tap water is always good.

Smell and taste

Tap water contains substances that have a negative effect on the taste and smell of drinking water. This has to do with the hardness of the water. Chlorine, sulfate, calcium and magnesium that are present in the water influence this. You can often see from the lime deposits in your kettle that the hardness of the water is high. Filtering the water with ZeroWater will make it soft. All the aforementioned substances are filtered out of the water, which benefits the smell, clarity and taste. In addition, soft water does not affect your appliances, no limescale residue is left behind. This means your kitchen appliances will last longer. Moreover, your coffee and tea tastes a lot better with filtered water.

Lead water pipes

In some situations there may be too much lead in the drinking water. Lead water pipes may still be present in a house built before 1960. Lead particles can also end up in the water in the first 3 months after installing a new tap or new drinking water installation. The advice is therefore to replace lead water pipes in the home and to let the water flow for a few minutes in a new-built home before drinking it. You can also use a ZeroWater water filter jug, which filters all the lead from the drinking water so that you can drink it safely. Too much lead intake in adults can lead to higher blood pressure and a greater chance of developing kidney disease. In unborn children and young children up to 7 years of age, an excessive intake of lead can lead to a lower intelligence. Lead in the tap water therefore causes a low quality of the water and entails health risks.

Water supplier test report

Are you curious about what exactly is in your tap water? You can then request an report from your own water supplier. You often indicate what the research goal is. For example, you can have it tested whether legionella is present in the water, or check which contamination residues are in the water, such as solvents, pesticides and heavy metals. The research is not free of charge, you pay for the number of analyzes that have to be performed. You can obtain more information about this from your own water supplier.

TDS measurement

It is important for your health to know whether your drinking water is of good quality. You can perform a TDS-measurement yourself at home to gain insight into this. . TDS stands for the total number of dissolved solids in the drinking water. The higher the TDS value, the worse the quality of your drinking water. Pollutants in drinking water can increase the risk of health problems. Aditionally poor quality drinking water hydrates the cells in your body less well, which means that you need a lot more water to optimally hydrate the cells. ZeroWater filters all dissolved solids from the drinking water. A TDS measurement with water from a ZeroWater water filter jug, the dissolved solids are 0. We can therefore speak of optimally purified water.