Knowing how to test pH of water is very important for understanding how water is constantly changing chemically. pH is used as a measurement of how acidic or basic water is at any given time.
PH range goes from 0 – 14, with 7 indicating neutral. PH under level 7 signal acidity, while a pH level greater than 7 signal a base.
In reality the measuring of pH is really about finding out the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. Acidic water contains more free hydrogen ions than water that contains more free hydroxyl ions which is basic.
Similar to the Richter scale which is known for measuring earthquakes, pH is reported in “logarithmic units”. Each and every number represents a 10-fold change in the acidity/basic properties of the water.
For example water that contains a pH at level 5 is ten times more acidic than water containing a pH of level six.
How to test pH of water For Acid or Alkaline
Before you began your pH testing it is highly recommended by the EPA that you request a copy of your annual water quality report from your water supplier. After you have done this it’s time to purchase your water pH test strips (Litmus paper).
- Quality test kit Instructions and Color Chart (pdf)
Once you have your ph test strips for water you want to:
- Fill a clean cup or container with some sample tap water, well water or ground water (warm or cold).
- Insert your pH test strip in the water for the specified period time per your instruction
manual that comes with the kit.
- Compare the end of the litmus paper that you dipped in the water with the color chart
that came with the litmus paper.
Whatever color your strip shows after removing it from the water sample, and the chart has a matching color, that will show you the pH of your water sample. You can also repeat this test for other substances that you wish to test for.
Knowing how to test pH of water should be a first priority for anyone who cares about his or hers well being. Clean healthy water is extremely necessary for all life on earth.
Lets all make an effort to protect our drinking water.