How Do Minerals Get Into Water?

Isn’t it kind of weird how water can sometimes have a taste? In fact, when water doesn’t have much taste it can actually seem a little flat. That taste usually comes from minerals. Some water companies actually add minerals back into the water they sell to make it taste better, but minerals can get into water naturally.

How do minerals get into water? Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium are found in rocks. When the water runs over the rocks, it naturally picks up on very small quantities of these minerals, which affect the taste of the water. Don’t worry, these minerals are harmless. Unfortunately, there are certain bad minerals that you don’t want in your water, like lead, arsenic, antimony, aluminum, and barium. Most of these minerals are not naturally occurring, but can end up in the water due to pollution.

At Pathfinder Instruments, we offer the Pathfinder MCM-300 Mineral Content Meter, which can test and analyze the minerals in your water!

The meters provide a small AC signal to the electrodes and measure the AC current which is proportional to conductivity. This signal is converted to a DC voltage and is displayed in digital form on the LCD readout.  Power from the batteries is applied through an electronic switch to the measuring circuit and is controlled by a panel push button switch, a circuit is also provided to measure and display the battery voltage (by holing the battery test switch) when the meter is turned on.  A front panel calibration adjustment is provided to facilitate calibration.