pH in Home Water Supply
The pH level of your drinking water reflects how acidic it is. pH is
short for "potential of hydrogen" - referring to the amount of hydrogen
found in water (or any substance). pH in water is measured on a scale
that runs from 0 to 14. Seven is neutral, anything above is alkaline and
anything below is acidic.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that public
water systems maintain pH levels of between 6.5 and 8.5 - and this is
considered a good yardstick for homes with private water wells.
You can have your water supply tested for the pH level.
If your water is below 6.5 then your water is acidic, naturally soft
and likely corrosive. Metal water pipes could be damaged with corrosion;
sinks, tubs, and laundry can be stained with blue-green tints; and some
metals such as copper, lead, and zinc can leach into your water supply.
Pin hole leaks in your water pipes can be expensive to repair.
If your water is above 8.5 then there is a high level of alkalinity
minerals present. While not a health risk, high alkalinity can make
water bitter and cause a buildup of scale in plumbing.
Home treatment methods are available for high levels of acidic and
alkaline water. The literature and websites linked to below will provide
Info on pH in Home Water Supply
& Home Treatment Methods
Information for you about pH in Drinking Water. Water Systems
https://www.watersystemscouncil.org/ . . . info sheets/9709284pH . . .
The pH of Water. Water Research Center.
Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR). Safe Drinking Act - EPA.
pH - Acidity of Private Drinking Water Wells. University of
pH - Acidity of Private Drinking Water Wells. Connecticut DPH.
Low pH Acid Water. By Affordable Water Treatment.
pH. By Haskell's Water Treatment.
Acid Neutralizing Systems
Drinking Water Treatment - pH Adjustment. Cooperative Extension
"How to Treat Acid Well Water". Clean Water Store.
Acid Neutralizing Whole House Filter. FilterWater.com
Acid Neutralizer Filters by Clean Water Store
Videos about pH Neutralizing Systems
"Neutralizing Acidic Well Water". By Clean Water Systems. Video is 2
minutes long, posted on YouTube.com, April 19, 2014.
"How a Home Acid Water Neutralizer Works". By Scott Handy of Mr.
Water Professional Water Treatment of Maryland. YouTube.com, February 9,
"Acid Neutralizer" by Mid Atlantic Water. The video describes
features of a 13x54, 2.5 cubic foot capacity, non backwashing acid
neutralizer. YouTube.com, August 22, 2014.
"Fusion Calcite Backwashing Neutralize Filter System" by US Water
Systems. YouTube.com video, 2 minutes long, January 2, 2012.
"Neutralizer 7000". Clean Water Store. Video provides an introduction
and overview of a calcite neutralizer for acid well water. YouTube.com,
1 minute, December 17, 2013.
Maine Firms Providing pH Treatment Services
Affordable Water Treatment of Maine
Litchfield and Greene, Maine
Goodwin Well & Water, Inc.
2282 Auburn Road, PO Box 661, North Turner, ME 04266
Air & Water Quality
Freeport & Ellworth, Maine
Aqua-Max of Maine
EverClean Water Treatment Systems, Inc.
St. Albans, Maine
Ward Water, Inc.
Steep Falls, Maine 04085
Water Treatment Equipment, Inc.
Haskell's Water Treatment
Mr H2O Dunbar Water Pumps & Filters
Norlen's Water Treatment, LLC