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Should You Be Concerned About the pH Level of Water at Work?
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Most of us need between 8-10 cups of water a day to remain healthy and sustain a strong system.

What if the water at your work has a bad pH? Is a high or low pH level of water bad for your health? Read on to find out.

What is pH?

You may remember the term pH from high school science, but what does it actually mean?

The pH is a measure of hydrogen ions and the receptivity that a solution has to it. It is quantified on a measurement scale of 0-14 for how acidic or basic a substance is.

We talk about the pH of water, which is considered a neutral solution.

Acid

An acid is on the pH scale below 7. Acids include things like battery acid, vinegar, coffee, and lemons.

When we talk about acidic water, that is water that has a pH lower than 7.

Neutral

A neutral solution on the pH scale is 7 on the pH scale. Pure water is inherently neutral and has no acid or base aspects.

Base

Base solutions go from a pH of 8 to 14. Bases include baking soda, bleach, and lye. Basic, or alkaline, water is water that has a pH greater than 8.

Is The pH Level of Water a Concern?

There isn't a scientific basis that the pH level of your business or drinking water being slightly off has a DIRECT impact on your health.

Of course, anything too acidic or too basic can taste weird and potentially cause issues for your pipes and plumbing. In addition, those changes to your pipes can release certain minerals and contaminants into the drinking water.

When we say too acidic or too basic, we don't mean a pH of 12, you should not drink bleach, we're talking slightly acidic or alkaline.

If you're concerned about the pH level of your water, measure it.

High pH

Higher pH drinking water is actually a trend right now. People have begun to drink alkaline water. While there are some proposed health benefits like neutralizing acidic components of your stomach, nothing has really been proven to be a revitalizing health trend.

That being said, you'll notice scale build up in your plumbing and may notice that things like electric water heaters don't work as efficiently as they once did.

Bitter tasting coffee? Higher pH drinking water may be the culprit.

Low pH

Water with a lower pH will taste metallic, and you may notice your pipes and sinks have a blue or greenish looking stain.

Acidic water is more hazardous than alkaline water because it is more likely to be contaminated with pollutants from corroded pipes from the acidic water.

How Can I Fix it?

If you find that the pH level of water is outside of the normal range of 6.5-8.5, or you're still worried about the taste of your water, contact professionals and the EPA for support.

Analytical Technology Inc. can help you test and monitor for pH and guide you through the next steps.

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