ContaminantDescriptionEPA Designation
ColorColor may be indicative of dissolved organic material, inadequate treatment, high disinfectant demand and the potential for the production of excess amounts of disinfectant by-products. Inorganic contaminants such as metals are also common causes of colorSecondary
CorrosivityCorrosivity, and staining related to corrosion, not only affect the aesthetic quality of water, but may also have significant economic implications. Other effects of corrosive water, such as the corrosion of iron and copper, may stain household fixtures, Secondary
Dissolved SolidsDisintegrated organic and inorganic material in water. Excessive amounts make water unfit to drink or use in industrial processes.Secondary
OdorOdor and Taste are useful indicators of water quality even though odor-free water is not necessarily safe to drink. Odor is also an indicator of the effectiveness of different kinds of treatment. However, present methods of measuring taste and odor are stSecondary
pHScale that denotes how acidic or basic a substance is. Pure water has a pH of 7.0 and is neither acidic nor basic. For more information,Secondary