Calculation of Total Inorganic Dissolved Solids ( Total Mineralization) and Its Significance in Aquatic Chemistry

  • P. Pitter Department of Watter Technology and Environmental Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague


The presence of inorganic dissolved solids ( total mineralization) is one of the main indicators of water quality and of its properties. Total mineralization may be calculated from the results of water analysis. The results are expressed in millimols per litre or milligrams per litre. The calculated total mineralization presents a more reliable idea about dissolved inorganic solids in the water sample than the experimental determination of dissolved solids after drying at 105 oC or of fixed dissolved solids in a sample ignited at 550 oC. The significance of total mineralization in aquatic chemistry has been discussed.