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What’s in Your Water?

What’s in Your Water?

By Jessica Sly

Have you ever wondered what’s in your water? It’s clear. It’s colorless. And by all accounts, it looks like there’s nothing there but water.

On a molecular level, however, there’s a party going on.

When not in its purest form, water can be one of two things: acidic or alkaline (basic).

Whether something is acidic or alkaline has everything to do with the ions in the water, which can either be positively or negatively charged.

Water in its purest form is neither acidic or alkaline. Its hydrogen (positive) and hydroxide (negative) ions are equal. Add more hydrogen ions and you get acid. Add more hydroxide ions and you get alkaline.

The level of acid or alkaline is measured on a pH scale of zero to 14, zero being equal to battery acid, seven being pure water and 14 being equal to liquid drain cleaner.

To see this at work, I conducted a quick pH test on five bottled waters, as well as the tap water in the Echo Press office. My conclusion: Half leaned toward alkaline and half leaned toward acid.

While acid or alkaline at low levels isn’t harmful, generally speaking, it’s still important to know exactly what’s in your water, especially since your body actually has its own pH levels, and drinking too much of one or the other can lead to altered pH levels.


0 Battery acid
1 Gastric acid
2 Lemon juice
3 Orange juice
4 Tomato juice
5 Black coffee
6 Milk
7 Pure water
8 Eggs, sea water
9 Baking soda
10 Milk of magnesia
11 Ammonia solution
12 Soapy water
13 Bleach
14 Liquid drain cleaner

Scale source:


Echo Press Tap: 8.4
Eternal: 7.2 to 7.8
Übr: 6.2 or less
Aquafina: 6.2 or less
SmartWater: 6.2 or less
Fiji: 7.8 to 8.4

*Because the tests were conducted with pool testing strips, the pH scale did not extend below 6.2.

Jessica Sly of Alexandria is a writer/proofreader and has a passion for art of all kinds, whether it be music, writing, drawing or Disney.

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