In this video, I test out a new water testing gadget I recently picked up off Amazon. The HM Digital Com-80 Hydrotester can quickly test water for both Electrical Conductivity (EC) and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).
First, I test the TDS found in our current RV Park water supply, and then I check the water found in the nearby tidal estuary. The salty estuary water was, of course, extremely high in total dissolved solids versus our RV Park tap water; over 5000 ppm compared to 39 ppm.
Then, for fun, I try out my new Clearsource Ultra 3 stage water filter system to see if it would have any effect on the TDS reading. As expected, it hardly changed. Being that the solids are dissolved, they passed right through the filters. To remove dissolved solids, one needs to use reverse osmosis, often referred to as RO, or something called a deionizing filter. Clearsource does sell a deionizing kit, and I plan to buy one and give it a try in the future.
HM Digital Com-80S TDS Hydrotester Review Video
Overall I’m happy with this little TDS water testing gadget and think it will come in handy for testing a questionable water source for dissolved solids.