What Does it Mean When Water is Alkaline?

You may have heard water referred to as either hard, soft, or alkaline—perhaps even in the same sentence. And it probably had you scratching your head thinking, “wait… there’s more than one type of water?” Yes, it’s true that all water looks the same (to a certain degree), but all water is definitely not created equal.

What Is Alkaline Water?

In its simplest definition, alkaline water is anti-acidic—which means the more alkaline a water source is, the more resistance it is to acidic changes in hard water pH level. Alkalinity is also called water’s buffering capacity. So, in short, alkaline water is able to neutralize acid, making it perfectly balanced for drinking! Some studies even show that it may also provide health benefits, including decreasing bone loss (Mayo Clinic).

To determine whether or not water is alkaline, it must have a pH level over 7. If your water contains too much alkaline, however, it will taste bitter and can damage your piping system and appliances. This would equal a level greater than 14 (Medical News Today). To help raise your hard water pH level from acidic (below 7) to alkaline, you’ll need to invest in a home water Ionizing machine. But there are other natural processes that can change your water’s pH level.

How Does Water Become Alkaline?

Much like the process that turns hard water hard, the process for naturally increasing alkalinity has to do with the water supply’s surroundings. In fact, the process to alkalize and soften water can occur simultaneously.

Here are the key elements that affect alkalinity:

  • Geology & Waste: What types of rocks does your water source pass through? Phosphates, limestone and borates will increase water’s alkalinity. You should also consider what human waste your water source comes into contact with. Construction materials and acid from mines can also affect alkalinity.
  • Weather: That’s right! Mother Nature can control how acidic or basic your water is, especially during winter—which is when melting snow, ice, and rain boosts the acidity in your water. So, essentially, summertime is the best time for alkaline to occur naturally!

Wondering What’s in Your Water?

Is it acidic, basic, hard, or soft? Does it contain contaminants and sediment? There’s only one way to find out. Contact Aquarius Water Conditioning today for a free in-home water analysis. Our experienced team will help you identify which substances are affecting the quality of your water supply and help you find an affordable, custom home filtration solution to ensure you have 24/7 access to clear and clean water.

For more information, call 1-888-741-9025 to speak with a specialist or schedule your in-home today and enjoy a free estimate.