Analysis

A. Rochira

Science begins, where the known ends.
Alessandro Rochira

 

 

Drinking Water Requirements

According to drinking water ordinance, drinking water must be free of any germs with a cool and neutral taste, it must be colorless, odorless, not damaging to your health and should contain certain consentrations of dissolved minerals.

Water Quality

Who has never asked themselves, if the water they are drinking is actually clean? Apart from whether or not someone likes the taste of their water, an amatuer's judgement of their water can only be subjective. It starts to get interesting, when one inquires the help of a »specialist« and looks at a water analysis. In general, the substances, the acidity level, the degree of hardness and the bacteriological cleanliness would be tested. If all measured date is at an official normal range, the water can be certified as being good quality water. If one would look deeper into a water analysis, they would quickly find that the above criteria still do not suffice to certify water as having a good quality.

 

Water Is Not Necessarily Water

On the one hand there are insights from science today to determine the quality of water not only by considering its composition but also its inner structure. On the other hand it seems that nature has its own ideas of what good water and bad water is. Nature sets high water requirements that today are only measurable with much complexity.

 

Water and Health

It probably goes without saying that nature should set standards. Man should understand that much in his life depends on these standards- for example, our health, the most precious commodity that a man can own. Here water plays an extremely big role; not only because man is composed of 75% water, but because the quality of water greatly influences a person's health. Science has already provided some important insights on this. Unfortunately, these insights are rarely payed attention to in the drinking water supply.

 

Tensiometry

surface tension

Utilization of the water's surface tension by a water strider

Chemical and pharmaceutical industries account for the quality of their water with criteria that still do not play a roll in drinking water. This refers to tensiometry: measuring the surface tension of water. This shows how the tension »behaves« at a certain temperature in an organism, meaning how substances dissolve and in which form it »releases« this again.

We have developed a measurement protocol in which the tension of water is measured at various temperatures. The determined curve allows for a clear statement about the quality and characteristics of the drinking water.

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