The pH of aqueous solutions, including water, is measured on a scale from 1 to 14. It is a fundamental measure of water quality. The pH of pure or neutral water is 7.0. When the pH level drops below 7, it is acidic. The lower the pH, the more acidic the water. The EPA recommends city water systems maintain a pH level between 6.5 and 8.5, from slightly acidic
to slightly alkaline.
The quality of your tap or working water can be affected by the pH level in groundwater, aquifers, water wells, and other water resources. Rainwater has a pH of around 5.5, making it slightly acidic due to dissolved carbon dioxide. Heavy rainfall can cause salts and other minerals to leach into the soil, increasing groundwater acidity. Industrial runoff, decaying organic matter, sulfur, and other pollutants that leach into water supplies can also make the water acidic.
Acidic Water in Artesian Wells
Traditional water wells are drilled or dug into an aquifer deep below the ground and pumped to the surface. Due to Florida’s low water table, many homes and businesses on the Treasure Coast have an Artesian or Flowing Artesian well. Artesian wells tap into a confined aquifer, and the pressure pushes the water above the aquafer which is then pumped to the surface. An artesian well is considered flowing when the aquifer’s pressure naturally forces the groundwater to the land’s surface without the need for a pump.
Depending on the location and other factors, some Artesian wells can have low water quality, and acidic water requiring a water treatment system to make the water potable, like the solutions Atlantic Water Clinic provides.
Signs of Acidic Water
- Metallic taste or odor
- Cloudy appearance
- Blue-green stains on sinks, tubs, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures
- Dry skin, irritation, or redness
- Low water pressure
- Water pipe leaks
- Poor functioning appliances, i.e., water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine
- Blue-green stains on laundry and tableware
Is acidic water harmful?
You should not drink acidic water. It is highly corrosive and can be harmful to your teeth. Acidic water may also contain toxic levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, chromium, copper, and lead that can cause heavy metal poisoning. Symptoms of heavy metal poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Acidic water is also harmful to your plumbing. It can corrode pipes, fittings, and fixtures, releasing contaminants in the water. It can also corrode copper pipes, which can cause Wilson’s Disease when drinking water containing high copper levels.
How to neutralize acidic water
Atlantic Water Clinic provides several water filtration systems with an acidic neutralizing filter that will give homes and businesses healthy, perfectly balanced water without any bad aftertastes or odors. Since acidic water often indicates the presence of heavy metals that cause hard water, our water softeners solve that problem too.
Life is better with clean, odor-free, and better-tasting water from Atlantic Coast Water Clinic. Our customized water treatment and purification systems by Kinetico will neutralize acidic water for homes and businesses in Southeast Florida, including Sebastian, Palm City, Ft. Pierce, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, and communities throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Indian River counties. Contact a professional, trained water specialist today!
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