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Are the pH Levels in My Drinking Water Safe?
Monday, January 11, 2021

Experts suggest that women have to drink 11.5 cups of fluids every day while men require 15.5 cups.

An adequate amount of water shouldn't be your only concern. You also need to think about the quality of that water.

But what does pH have to do with water quality and safety? We're going to explain what pH is, how it relates to your drinking water, and how to test if the pH levels of your drinking water are safe. Keep reading for all of that and more.

What Is pH?

pH is an acronym for the "potential of hydrogen". By measuring the amount of hydrogen found in a substance, pH describes how acidic or alkaline a given substance is.

The pH scale runs from zero to 14, where seven is neutral. Acidic substances measure below seven and alkaline or basic, substances measure above seven.

pH Levels and Drinking Water

There are no regulations regarding the pH level of drinking water in the US. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued recommendations regarding water pH levels. That recommendation states that public water systems should fall somewhere between 6.5 and 8.5 on the pH scale.

Water with low pH levels can cause aesthetic problems such as unpleasant tastes and smells or staining laundry as well as sinks and drains. In addition, because it's acidic, it can be corrosive. Meaning that it can leach metals from pipes and fixtures and make tap water unsafe to drink.

On the other side of the scale, high alkalinity water poses less of a potential health risk than highly acidic water. But it can cause similar aesthetic problems. Those problems include unpleasant smells and tastes as well as build up in plumbing systems that make water heater less efficient, increasing energy costs and taking years off the life of your system.

How to Test Your Water

Most municipal water suppliers keep their water at a pH of around 7. But if you're noticing some of those aesthetic impacts of alkaline or acidic water, you might consider testing your water with a home testing kit. Relatively inexpensive and easy to find at any home hardware store, these will give you a general idea of the pH levels of your drinking water.

If pH levels are a regular issue, pH monitors can help you monitor and control the drinking water in your home. You may also need to consider replacing pipes and damaged fixtures that are leaching metals into your water.

Water Monitoring Experts

The pH levels of your drinking water should fall somewhere between 6.5 and 8.5. While the EPA doesn't consider water outside of these numbers to be a health risk, too high or too low pH could be causing aesthetic problems or even damage to your pipes that can be dangerous.

But if you're wondering about the quality and safety of your water, you're going to need to think about more than just pH. Contact us to find out all about our water monitoring services.

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