What is Alkaline Water?

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Alkaline water has become a popular trend over the past couple of years, but what exactly is it? Keep reading to learn more about alkaline water and how to make your own alkaline water at home.

What is Alkaline Water?

The “alkaline” in alkaline water is a reference to the pH scale, a measurement of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Anything with a pH level between 0 to 6.9 is considered acidic, whereas anything with a pH level between 7.1 to 14 pH is deemed alkaline. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, regular drinking water usually has a pH level of between 6.5 and 8.5. On the
other hand, according to WebMD, bottled water that is alkaline has a pH level above 7.

To better understand the pH scale, here are examples of acidic and alkaline
substances along with their pH levels:

  • 0 — Battery acid
  • 1 — Stomach acid
  • 2 — Lemon
  • 3 — Soda
  • 4 — Tomato
  • 5 — Coffee
  • 6 — Milk
  • 7 — Pure water
  • 8 — Blood
  • 9 — Baking soda
  • 10 — Milk of magnesia
  • 11 — Soap
  • 12 — Ammonia
  • 13 — Bleach
  • 14 — Drain cleaner

Is Tap Water Alkaline?

The pH level of tap water depends on where you live and whether you’re getting water from a private well or your city. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, tap water offers a pH level between 6.5 to 8.5. If you’re curious about your water’s pH level, fill a glass with tap water and test it with a pH meter.

If you find your water’s pH level is between 6.0 to 6.9, you may want to consider getting an Acid Neutralizer Water Filter. Acidic water can provide a metallic taste and damage your pipes and water-using appliances. This alkaline water filter helps neutralize your water, improving the taste and making your appliances more efficient.

Is Filtered Water Alkaline?

Using a filtered water system helps reduce contaminants to help make your water cleaner and better-tasting. Yet, there can still be trace amounts of acidic or alkaline minerals in your filtered water. The best way to discover if your filtered water is more alkaline or acidic is to fill a glass with filtered water and test it with a pH meter.

How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

If you want to make your own alkaline water at home, it’s relatively easy. There are two ways you can make it:

Version 1 (Via Gaiam)


  • 1 gallon of filtered water
  • ½ tablespoon of baking soda


  • Fill a gallon container with filtered water.
  • Mix baking soda into the water.
  • Shake the mixture vigorously until the baking soda completely dissolves.

Version 2 (via Women's Health Network)


  • 1 quart of filtered water
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt


  • Fill a quart-sized container with filtered water.
  • Cut a lemon in half.
  • Squeeze the juice from one half of the lemon into your water.
  • Cut the other half of the lemon into slices and add it to your water.
  • Add sea salt and stir until dissolved.
  • Refrigerate your water for two to four hours to allow the lemon to infuse.

If you want to transform your home drinking water into refreshing, better-tasting water, consider purchasing a premium water treatment solution from Pentair. Contact a water expert today and we’ll help you find the right system for your needs.

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