Chem.

posted by .

How would one cheak if the water they are drinking is clean?

  • Chem. -

    There are at least two kinds of clean when it comes to drinking water. Water must be save from bacteria/waste contamination AND it must be clean from toxic elements such as arsenic, mercury, and that kind of thing. If the water is from a municipality, they will have analytical data that can be accessed. If the water is from a spring or individual well, or from bottled water, I know of no way except to pay to have it tested. And that can run a bunch of money.

  • Chem. -

    What if I used pH paper? If the pH read 7 would that necessarily mean that it is safe to drink?

  • Chem. -

    no

  • Chem. -

    ok thanks DrBob :)

  • Chem. -

    The safest water to drink in the world more than likely will not read a pH of 7.0.

  • Chem. -

    but it would be very close to 7 though. right?

  • Chem. -

    Most drinking water is slightly acidic because it picks up CO2 from the air. Most of the drinking water I've tested ends up about pH of 5 or so. That's 100 times more acidic than if it tested pH of 7. But it isn't acid enough for most people to notice the difference.

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. English

    * You need clean water for drinking. In this sentence, what does 'for drinking' modify?
  2. English

    1. We need clean water for drinking. 2. We need clean drinking water. 3. We need drinking clean water. Does #1 eman #2 or #3?
  3. ELA

    can you proof read When we turn on the top,we expect an abundant supply of clean, fresh water to flow out. Having one of the world's largest supplies of fresh water, these expectations may usually be met in Canada . However,in many …
  4. Ela

    can you proof read please The first time most Canadians really started to think about the safety of its water supply was in 2000, when seven people in walkerton ,Ontario , died from drinking tainted tap water. Thousands more was taken …
  5. chemistry

    The new standard for arsenate in drinking water, mandated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, requires that by January, 2006, public water supplies must contain no greater than 10 parts per billion arsenic. Assuming that this arsenic is …
  6. Chemistry

    Health regulations stipulate that the amount of arsenate in drinking water be no grater than 10 parts per billion (ppb) arsenic. If the arsenic present is arsenate, AsO4^-3, what mass of sodium arsenate would be present in a 1.00 L …
  7. chemisry

    What are the specializations of sanitary engineering?
  8. environmental engineering

    A water treatment plant produces water that has an arsenic concentration of 0.05 mg/L. a) if the average consumption of water is 8L of water each day,how much arsenic is each person drinking?
  9. science

    Shubham lives in avillage,where drinking water facilites are very limited.they collect drinking water from a pond people also bathe and wash their clothes in that pond.he observed the most of the people are suffering from diarrhoea …
  10. i need help with science pls

    ]Most of the drinking water in a location comes from a river. A steel plant is to be built close to the river. It would provide jobs and facilities to many people in the location. The steel plant would use a huge amount of river water. …

More Similar Questions