Acid Water Dilema

Acid Water Dilema


You want alkaline water at 10.0 or better? No problem! You want that 2.5 acid water? Well, that’s a whole other story…

When we first started selling water ionizers my biggest concern was returns on units because they didn’t produce water at high enough PH levels due to source water issues. We have yet to process a return on a water ionizer that failed to produce water with PH levels within the ranges expected by the customer.

When we first started selling water ionizers my biggest concern was returns on units because they didn’t produce water at high enough PH levels due to source water issues. We have yet to process a return on a water ionizer that failed to produce water with PH levels within the ranges expected by the customer. What we have had are a returns on water ionizers because the customer could not get acid water.

The biggest challenge when it comes to producing water with a low acid pH is source water. Source water with a starting pH in the neutral range (7 – 7.5pH) can produce acid water at pH levels ranging from 2.0 – 3.5. Source water that tests alkaline with readings of 8.0 or higher will likely only produce acid water from 6.0 to 4.5 at the strongest. The strongest acid levels are achieved when the flow rate is reduced and acid water is collected from the acid drain hose while the unit is set to produce alkaline water at the highest setting.

While most water ionizers claim to reach acid levels of 3.5 to 2.5, the results most water ionizer users experience in their own homes are more in the 4.5 to 5.5 pH range. Water at PH levels of 6.0 to 4.0 is still effective for a number of uses including:

  • Skin treatments
  • Treating cuts & scrapes
  • Cleaning windows & mirrors
  • Other household cleaning chores

To get the anti-microbial/anti-bacterial benefits, the PH level needs to be in the 3.0 to 2.5 range – 2.5 ideally, however acid water at higher alkaline levels can still be effective as a disinfectant or for “first aid” purposes. When working with acid water at higher pH levels you will want to soak items to sterilize or apply more frequently and/or for longer periods of time when treating skin conditions.

The fact is, the primary use for water ionizers by consumers is for the alkaline water. The industry has worked diligently to produce water ionizers that effectively and efficiently produce ionized water at PH levels of up to 11.0 and sometimes beyond.

In the race to the top of the PH charts, the acid PH fell off the buggy. We find that units that offer the highest PH levels have the most challenges producing stronger acid water. The strongest acid water produced by any water ionizer will come from the acid drain hose when the unit is set to produce the strongest alkaline water. Even the water that comes from the acid drain hose when the unit is on its highest alkaline setting sometimes just isn’t as acidic as many would like for various uses.

If you do have a need for stronger acid water and don’t want to pay $4,000 for an Enagic unit then order the enhancer solution on a regular basis, there is an alternative.

Citric acid is available through many groceries stores, health food stores and online. Adding citric acid to your ionized water allows you to bring the PH of the water down to desired levels. Citric acid is available in both powder and crystal form and easily mixes in ionized water. It is completely natural and safe to consume – unlike the sodium-chloride enhancer solution that Enagic sells to run through their units to boost the acid water levels.

Completely natural, citric acid is found in citric fruits like lemons and limes. It is also found in many berries like raspberries. If you’ve ever had sour candy and noticed a white powder – that’s citric acid.

Citric acid is often used in many cleaning products. It has become a popular ingredient in “natural” cleaning products. It is also commonly used in skin care products because of its ability to destroy free radicals and promote skin growth.
Don’t let the acid dilemma stop you from buying the water ionizer you want. Adding citric acid to your ionized water is a safe, effective, and affordable way to get those lower acid readings you’re looking for. Romi Sink
Water Ionizer Authority