Did you know that pH is actually a measure of hydrogen ion concentrations in the solution being measured?
There’s a good chance that you know a neutral pH is 7. What you may not have realized is that a higher pH level indicates higher concentrations of H+ ions in the solution being measured.
If your solution is above 7, then it becomes more alkaline. If it is below 7, then it becomes more acidic.
In water systems, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. does not regulate pH levels. It is considered a “secondary drinking water contaminant.” The impact, according to the EPA, is aesthetic.
Of course, the EPA recommends that all public water systems maintain a pH level between 6.5-8.5. That means it is a secondary aesthetic impact – with a recommendation for a proper pH level.
Knowing the pH level of your water and whether it is there naturally or has been chemically-enhanced is more important than you may realize.
What Is Chemically-Enhanced pH Water?
One of the greatest advances we’ve ever had in society is providing clean drinking water to every home. Our wastewater treatment systems prevent the spread of disease, allow us to recycle used water, and distribute fresh water to homes without the threat of bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.
To make that water as pure as possible, a chemical treatment process is initiated. For most communities, the optimal pH range for their treated water is 6-7, which fits right in with the EPA guidelines.
What you may not know is that if your water treatment facility uses iron compounds to treat the water, then the pH level of what you receive could have a pH level as low as 5.5.
When your water is more acidic, it tends to be softer and corrosive. That can leach metals from your plumbing fixtures, putting copper, zinc, and even lead into your body. Acidic water tends to taste sour, stain your clothing, and even cause bluish-green stains in your sink.
If you see any of these issues, test the pH of your water immediately.
Is Natural pH Water Better to Drink?
If given a choice between bacteria-laden water that is untreated and chemically-treated water that is safe, but with an artificial pH, most people will choose the second option.
What many people do not know is that there is a third option: natural pH water.
Many water sources come from natural locations where modern wastewater disinfection systems are not required. Simple UV treatments can kill anything that is harmful in the water, allowing the natural pH levels to provide consistent, refreshing water that satisfies you when thirsty.
Natural pH water tends to be less acidic, approaching a pH of 8 when the best water sources are used. Our current pH is 7.88.
Why Alkaline Water Is a Better Option
Unlike acidic water, alkaline water doesn’t carry the same risks for leaching. It also carries more calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which are necessary for good health.
Could drinking water be healthier for you if it is more alkaline? Perhaps. There are a few research studies which suggest drinking higher pH water may reduce your dietary acid load, which could help you eliminate more toxins from your body.
And although it is true that very high pH water can taste bitter or leave high levels of scale in your home plumbing systems, this is never a worry with our water. It stays below a pH 8 level naturally, which means the flavor remains crisp and satisfying every time you have it.
You also have the benefit of avoiding exposure to harsh disinfectants that are often part of modern water treatment systems. Chlorine, iron, alum, and similar items are used to ensure the water you drink is safe.
That is better than drinking unsafe water. We’ll let you decide if that is better than drinking our water.
Now is the Time to Start Thinking About Your Water
Water is in almost everything that we eat or drink every day. We may not realize it at the time we are eating or enjoying a favorite beverage, but the quality of water we have becomes a reflection of the quality of foods and beverages we consume.
If you are what you eat, then the quality of your water is very important.
Now is the time to think about what you are putting into your body. Maybe now is the time to make a change. Natural pH water eliminates the chemical treatments without eliminating the safety of what you consume.
In return, you may find better refreshment in every glass.