The most common criterion for assessing the quality of concrete is compressive strength.
The overall strength of concrete is basically fully dependent on the water to cement ratio. As the ratio increases, the overall concrete strength decreases. For those looking for more educational resourcing on Concreting please check out the Concrete Basics: A Guide to Concrete Practice from the Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA).
Climate, weather conditions and/or chemical actions can attack concrete. Damage can be caused by water or chemicals penetrating into the concrete (as opposed to just being on the surface). If you take action to improve the watertightness of concrete, you increase its ability to be resistant to such attacks. Having a lower water to cement ratio is one method for improving watertightness, providing the concrete has been fully compacted.
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