This map shows the levels of pH throughout the United States in 2002. Although, there have been fluctuations since that time, the deviation remains the same. This map shows how pH levels vary in different areas of the United States. The pH value is an indicator for acidity, alkalinity, or basic. A pH value of 7 means a substance is neutral. The lower value indicates acidity, and a higher value is a sign of alkalinity.
So, what does pH mean for your drinking water? Basically, the pH value determines whether water is hard or soft. The normal range for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5 and for groundwater systems 6 to 8.5. Alkalinity is a measure of the capacity of the water to resist a change in pH that would tend to make the water more acidic. The measurement of alkalinity and pH is needed to determine how corrosive the water is.
In general, water with a low pH (< 6.5) could be acidic, soft, and corrosive. Therefore, the water could contain metal ions such as iron, manganese, copper, lead, and zinc...or, on other words, elevated levels of toxic metals. This can cause premature damage to metal piping, and have associated aesthetic problems such as a metallic or sour taste, staining of laundry, and the characteristic "blue-green" staining of sinks and drains. More importantly, there are health risks associated with these toxins. The primary way to treat the problem of low pH water is with the use of a neutralizer. The neutralizer feeds a solution into the water to prevent the water from reacting with the household plumbing or contributing to electrolytic corrosion. A typical neutralizing chemical is soda ash. Neutralizing with soda ash, however, increases the sodium content of the water.
Water with a pH > 8.5 could indicate that the water is hard. Hard water does not pose a health risk, but can cause aesthetic problems. These problems include an alkali taste to the water (making that morning coffee taste bitter!), formation of a deposit on dishes, utensils, and laundry basins, difficulty in getting soaps and detergents to lather, and formation of insoluble precipitates on clothing.
Acidic water can cause health problems and damage metal piping. Acid Neutralizers balance your water's pH to ensure safe drinking water. Water Softeners & Filters has a great selection of acid neutralizers, order yours today.
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