When it comes to your drinking water, you’ve probably referred to it being sparkling or flat, cold or room temperature, flavored or plain. But we doubt you’ve really given a lot of thought to the pH level of your water. Well, unless you want to start experiencing the effects of drinking too acidic of water, you’ll want to start giving your water’s pH a little more attention.
What is pH?
pH measures the acidity of your water on a scale of 0 to 14. Basic water has a pH higher than 8, with 14 being the highest rating possible. Acidic water has a pH below 7, with 0 being the lowest rating possible. Water with a pH of 7 is considered pure and best since it’s not acidic or basic. However, water is typically safe if it falls into the 6.5 to 8.5 range.
What Determines Water’s pH?
The pH of freshwater can be affected by natural processes, weather patterns, or human activity. Things like pollution or processing can change water’s pH and sometimes make it more acidic. If your water has a very high or very low pH, it could mean that it has been contaminated by metal or chemicals.
What are the Effects of Drinking Water with a High or Low pH?
Unpleasant Odor or Taste
Water with a low pH, known as alkaline water, isn’t always unsafe. However, this water will often have a bad taste or smell, making it unpleasant to drink.
Both highly acidic and basic water can have a negative effect on your pipes and corrode them from the inside out.
Water with a very low pH is often heavily polluted and is not safe to drink.
If you suspect your water’s pH is not the best, contact Aquarius Water Conditioning to have it tested! We analyze water closely, examining for a variety of contaminants and conditions that detract from the best water you can have and offer a number of solutions to give you pristine, clean water.