Low pH or acid water is a condition that affects the quality of drinking water causing it to be more acidic. The higher acidity can also cause metal pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances that use water to corrode and rust. The normal range for healthy water has a pH level of 6 to 8.
What causes low pH water?
Several reasons can cause a low pH in water, but it is typically the result of limestone in the groundwater. Also, unusually heavy rains can increase the acidity of water in the reservoir. When it rains, the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can lower the pH in water. Public water systems are required to test water pH water levels annually to ensure compliance with National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Still, the balance can change between tests when the water is delivered to your home or business.
Signs of low pH water
Some of the signs of low pH in water include blue-green stains on copper plumbing fixtures, leaking water pipes, metallic or sour taste, rusting or corrosion in steel sinks and fixtures, and laundry stains, for example.
Is low pH water safe to drink?
The EPA doesn’t regulate pH in drinking water, and low pH levels in water don’t necessarily mean that it is unsafe for consumption. However, the higher acidity in water is unpleasant, and you may notice a metallic or sour aftertaste.
Should I have my water tested?
Whether your water supply is connected to the public water system or private well, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends homeowners obtain a water quality test at least annually to determine the pH level. You can get a water test directly from the Water Source to let you know the pH level in your drinking water at home or business.
How to fix low pH in water
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