pH is a measure of the intensity of the acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. The acceptable range for pH is 6.5 to 8.5.

The pH of well water can be affected by.

  • Natural geologic conditions of ground or lake water.
  • Acid rain.
  • Mining or other industrial waste.
  • Low levels of calcium –magnesium in rock formation or soil.

Signs of Acidic water

  • Corrosion of fixtures of water appliances.
  • Leaks or pinholes in plumbing, noticeable by blue-green corrosion.
  • Blue/green staining on sinks, tubs and toilets.

Health Effects

A pH less than 6.5 is not a health risk by itself: however corrosive water can dissolve heavy metals (copper, aluminium, lead) these metals may lead to increased concentrations of these metals in drinking water which can cause health concerns.

Solutions:

Water with low pH can be treated using a pH neutralizer filter.

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