The PH, or potential hydrogen level, is a measurement ranging from 0-14. Levels that are below 7 are considered acidic with levels greater than 7 are considered to be alkaline, and a PH of 7 is neutral. To be sure that your drinking water pH is safe for drinking, you want to verify that the waters’ PH level falls within a range of 6 – 8.5.
Ideal PH For Drinking Water Is 6 – 8.5
With the PH level ranging from 6 – 8.5, the water is considered to be safe. This is because the water is neither acidic nor alkaline enough to be dangerous to the human body. If the water has a PH of less than 6 then the water can be corrosive and be filled with toxic metals. Water that has a PH that is higher than 8.5 can be hard, which poses less of a health risk than acidic water but can taste bad and leave scale deposits on dishes and faucets.
Effects Of Acidic Water
Metallic or sour taste of drinking water
Blue-green staining of sinks and other fixtures
Effects Of Alkaline Water
Scale buildup in plumbing
Decreased efficiency of electric water heaters
The PH Of Water Can Indirectly Affect Your Health
Water that has a high PH can corrode your plumbing and the plumbing from the city. This can lead to metals leaching into your water. Metals such as iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc are commonly found in water that has a high PH.
High PH levels in drinking water can place adults at risk of cancer, stroke, kidney disease, memory problems, and high blood pressure. Children are at a greater risk because there rapidly growing bodies absorb the metals more quickly.
Copper, Iron, Zinc, and Manganese are also classified as secondary drinking water contaminants. These contaminants cause hard water and staining problems. If these contaminants are found in high concentrations then the health issue range from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, kidney disease, liver disease, and nervous system problems.
What Are The Treatments For Water PH Problems
For high PH levels, our Water Treatment Company recommends acid neutralizing filters. They will balance acidic water before it enters your home. A reverse osmosis system can treat alkaline water.
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