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What Does it Mean When Water is Alkaline?
December 19th, 2017 Aquarius Blog
You may have heard water referred to as 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? But how?” It’s true, all water looks the same (to a certain degree), but all water is definitely not created equal.
What Is Alkaline Water?
The simple explanation? Alkaline water is anti-acidic — that is, the more alkaline a water source is, the more resistance it is to acidic changes in pH. Alkalinity is also called water’s buffering capacity. So, in short, alkaline water is able to neutralize acid, making it perfectly balanced for drinking water!
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 can even occur simultaneously. Here are the key elements that affect alkalinity:
- Geology & Waste: What types of rocks is your water source passing through? Phosphates, limestone and borates will increase water’s alkalinity. Alternatively, what human waste does it come 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 in winter — when melting snow, ice and rain can boost the acidity in water. So, essentially, summertime is the best time for alkaline!
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 — with a free in-home water analysis done by the experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning!