Water is considered to be acidic when the pH level is below 7.0. The pH is an essential measurement for determining the level of acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale from 1 to 14 with 7 being pure water. Acidic water has lower pH values, while alkaline water has higher pH values. The pH level in groundwater, wells, aquifers, and other sources can be affected by rainfall. The average pH of rain is 5.0 to 5.5, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere makes the rain slightly acidic. However, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from pollution can increase the rain acidity and lower the pH level in water even further.
Is acidic water safe?
Acidic water is very corrosive and can be toxic. It can damage teeth and gums and cause other health issues, including stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and kidney disease, to name a few. Acid water can be especially harmful to children. It can also damage metal pipes causing iron, manganese, copper, lead, and other contaminants to contaminate the water. Plumbing fixtures with blue-green stains on metal pipes can be indicative of acid water damage. You may also notice stains and deposits on laundry, dishes, and water-based appliances.
What is the best pH level for drinking water?
The pH of pure water is 7.0. Groundwater and surface water systems have an average pH value range between 6.0 and 8.5.
Should I have my water tested for acidity?
Since carbon dioxide can affect the pH balance of water, it is highly recommended that homeowners connected to a community water system or private well obtain a water test.
How do you get rid of acidic water?
A water filtration and purification system with a neutralizing filter, like The Water Source, will bring the pH levels in water to 7.0, pure water.
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