There’s no getting around the fact that we all need water for our survival. It’s a fact of life. But much like the air we breathe or the food we eat, making sure you consume high quality water can improve your lifestyle, health, and your mental health to no end! But how do you know your water is the best it can be? Well, pH levels aren’t a bad place to start!
pH levels tell you how acidic or basic (alkaline) your water is. Pure, unpolluted water will have a pH level of 7 which is neutral. More than 7 will show alkaline water, which is safe to drink so long as the alkaline is naturally occurring. However, less than 7 will show acidic water and that means a higher likelihood of contaminants. In fact, certain levels of acidic water have the potential to corrode metal pipes!
So how do you measure the pH levels of your water? Well there are a number of methods anyone can use at home or in the workplace!
Find a clean glass or container and pour some water into it
Let the water sit so the temperature can stabilise
Use a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water
Match the temperature on the pH meter with the water to ensure maximum accuracy
Put the pH meter into the water and leave it in until the numbers stabilise. You now have your reading!
Litmus Papers/ph Papers
Learn the difference between the two. Litmus papers will only tell you if it’s acidic, neutral or basic. pH papers will give a more accurate reading.
Collect a sample of water in a clean container that is deep enough to cover the test strip
Dip the strip into the water. It should change colour.
Compare the colour to the reference sheet given with your papers. It should give you a reading.
If you are concerned your water source may not be safe to drink from, contact your local water provider.
If you have consumed or come into contact with water you believe to be contaminated, consult a medical professional as soon as possible.