turbidity readings measure the cloudiness of water

Worried about cloudy drinking water? Not sure how cloudy is too cloudy? Turbidity measures the cloudiness of liquids and acts as a basic indicator of water quality.

From lead or mercury to other toxins, which may come out of our home taps, water quality remains extremely important. Every location differs, but a variety of factors impact water quality. For example, environmental factors and improper oversight of water facilities occurred in places like Flint, MI. Yet, natural factors create water issues, like hard water in places such as Plainville, CT.

As a result, homeowners must remain diligent and observe their home water. Potential issues reside in both well and city water. However, with the proper knowledge, everyone can ensure they take the best steps to protect their water (and family).

Why are turbidity readings important?

Turbidity readings unveil potentially harmful particles in water. For example, particles, such as silt, bacteria, spores, chemical precipitates and other insoluble matter exist in drinking water. Without turbidity readings, homeowners may not understand the particles within their home water. As a result, protect your water and family by testing your water with turbidity readings.

What is turbidity?

Turbidity, which measures the cloudiness of water, routinely helps homeowners monitor the quality of their home water. Technically, turbidity relies on light beams to detect the presence of potentially harmful particles. For more, the experts explain the science.

“Turbidity measurement involves the use of a light beam, with defined characteristics, to determine the semi-quantitative presence of particulate material present in the water or other fluid sample. The light beam is referred to as the incident light beam. Material present in the water causes the incident light beam to scatter. This scattered light detects and quantifies relative to a traceable calibration standard. The higher the quantity of the particulate material contained in a sample, the greater the scattering of the incident light beam and the higher the resulting turbidity.”

How does water filtration work with turbidity readings?

Filtration eliminates particles from water.

Water filtration encompasses anything that removes particles, sediment, bacteria or simply removes the taste of chlorine. Technically, filtration systems include any device that contains a filter. For example, some appliances, such as refrigerators, include water filtration features like filtered water or ice.

Together, water filtration monitored with regular turbidity readings, helps ensure high quality water. Additionally, request a baseline reading. For example, baseline turbidity readings generally include “noise” that typically remains constant in all subsequent readings. Baseline noise remains inherent in all readings. Without understanding the inherent “noise” in the readings, then this typically creates the primary source of false positive readings.

Are there turbidity standards?

Yes. However, turbidity standards remain complicated due to primary and secondary standards, along with multiple organizations.

“Primary standards are also used for measuring and determining the value of all other standards. Under the USEPA definition, secondary standards are used to verify the calibration of a turbidimeter. However, secondary standards should not to be used for calibrating instruments. Examples of these standards include the metal oxide gels, latex, and any non-aqueous standards that are defined to monitor calibrations on a day-to-day basis. This usage depends on the design of the standard.”

Fortunately, working with a quality water treatment specialist to inspect your home water.

Can SolvIt Water help?


A comprehensive water analysis from SolvIt Water provides peace of mind. A SolvIt Water Quality Specialist evaluates the chemistry and characteristics of your water and provides you with the following details:

  • Mineral Content
  • Hardness Level
  • pH Level
  • Chlorine Content
  • Sediment
  • Nitrate Level
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

Finally, our experienced Water Quality Specialists offer immediate results and provide recommendations to correct any water quality issue we find. Also, as an added benefit at no cost to you, we are happy to evaluate the performance of any existing equipment you may have.

Call ((860) 793-5412) or contact SolvIt Water today and find the facts you need to make the appropriate water treatment decisions for your home and family.