Water pH is one of the important factors that determine water quality and safety and is simply a measure of acidity or alkalinity. Imagine a scale that runs from 0 to 14. The middle is 7, and that’s neutral. Go below 7 and water is acidic. Go above and it is alkaline.
Why is it Important to Talk About Water’s pH?
The acidity or alkalinity is an important factor that determines the quality of your water supply and its safety for use and consumption. Extremes in water pH indicate bad and unsafe water quality. Cases of water pollution can render water in rivers and reservoirs acidic. This harms aquatic life and makes treatment facilities work harder to remove chemicals that acidify water.
Understanding Your Body’s Delicate pH Balance
Your body is sensitive to changes outside it and inside. Your body only operates within a narrow range of pH to remain healthy, beyond which it starts to succumb to acidity or alkalinity. So its vital that the water you take in is within a healthy range.
The optimum pH of your blood is within 7.35-7.45. Your body cannot function properly if there is a long term imbalance that is brought about by bad diet, bad lifestyle, and stress, which make your body fluids acidic.
Ideal Drinking Water pH
It is recommended to drink neutral pH water. In fact drinking water should have a pH of 6.5-8 according to some experts.
Problems Affecting the pH Community Water Supply
Generally, the community water supply in Australia has a neutral pH, however your tap water may look so clean and safe, but its quality (including its pH) is susceptible to the following:
- Pollution (e.g. from landfills, farms, coal mines, and industrial plants)
- Improper treatment (including practices like chlorination and fluoridation)
- Floods, Earthquakes, Cyclones
- Breakdown of treatment facilities
- Old pipes/old plumbing
- Leaking sewers
- Rocks (near rivers or near groundwater)
If you are using water that comes from underground, you are particularly vulnerable to pollution or leaking sewers. Tap water, too, isn’t foolproof. It’s vulnerable to pipeline damage, corroded plumbing, and natural disasters that disable treatment facilities and destroy pipes.
Chlorination and fluoridation are two chemicals community water goes through during treatment and they make water acidic. Acidic water increases chances of corrosion of metal pipes in your plumbing which affects your water supply.
Water with low pH mostly likely contains heavy metals, such as cadmium, copper, iron, lead, and nickel.
Are you drinking a toxic brew of heavy metals?
Certain things make water alkaline too. Groundwater, for instance, surrounded by limestone is expected to be alkaline. Water that has too much calcium and magnesium can be too alkaline for home use and consumption. It tastes awfully bitter, leaves scales on surfaces, and coats inner surfaces of pipes with lime that later on clogs them.
How Water Filters Neutralize Your Tap Water
If you are concerned about the safety of your tap water and would not only like it contaminate free but also at a healthy pH range for your to consume, then you may want to consider a water filter.
Water Filters neutralizes your home water supply without adding chemicals to it. A state-of-the-art combination of carbon filtration and reverse osmosis can remove substances that make water acidic.
You can even go one step further and purchase a water filter which includes an alkalising cartridge as part of the system which releases small amounts of minerals to replace what is lost in the treatment process and ensure your water is pure and has a neutral pH.