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Test Description


Water’s quantitative ability to react with bases. Influences reaction rates & promotes corrosion; influences biological activity and chemical specification. Useful as a measurement for quality of water.


Water’s capability of neutralizing acids.


The ability of an aqueous solution to conduct an electrical current based on the presence of ions.


The sum of calcium and magnesium concentrations.


One of the most important and frequently used measurements in water quality. Used in alkalinity measurements, pH is the measure of H+ ions present. Alkalinity and acidity are the acid-base equilibria. The intensity of the acid or base is indicated by the pH.


Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in water. Water with high TDS may induce unfavorable physiological reactions in consumers. Unsatisfactory bathing conditions result with high TDS.


Measure of water clarity. Caused by suspend matter (such as: clay, silt, and organic matter).

**Information obtained from the Standard Method for the Examination of Water and Wastewater 22nd Edition. (2012). Washington : American Public Health Association