Conductivity measures water’s ability to conduct electricity due to the presence or absence of certain ions.
While pure water conducts electricity poorly, water that has certain chemicals or elements in it, and at varying amounts—including sodium, magnesium, calcium, and chloride—is a better conductor of electricity.
Water plays a critically important role in the food and beverage industry as clean water ensures that the products we consume are healthy (and taste good!). On the other hand, when contaminated water is used in the food and beverage manufacturing process, products can’t be sold to the public, and all the money invested to produce the associated batches is wasted. In the event that a contaminated item ends up slipping out into the market, consumers can get sick—resulting in bad press, lawsuits, unhappy customers, and decreased profitability. In a worst-case scenario, such an event may even force a business to close its doors for good.