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pH of the Planet

How and where slight shifts in pH affect our entire planet and ecosystems we rely on.

pH is a logarithmic scale. 7 is neutral, 6 or 8 is 10x greater and 5 or 9 100x.

pH in our sweat.
It tells me my sweat is acidic because the bike I am riding and the trainer rusts. So many spin bikes have really rusty water bottle cage bolts. Siver jewelry tarnishes must faster the more acidic your persperation is. Compare summer to winter wear and tear on silver.

pH in our Oceans.
Ocean acidification is the name given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans,caused by their uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.[1] Between 1751 and 1994 surfce ocean pH is estimated to have decreased from approximately 8.179 to 8.104 (a change of -0.075).-Wikopedia- The bulk of the planets water is 7x more acidic than when our country was founded. Coral reefs are the biggest loosers.

pH in Acid Rain
“Acid rain” is a broad term referring to a mixture of wet and dry deposition (deposited material) from the atmosphere containing higher than normal amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids. The precursors, or chemical forerunners, of acid rain formation result from both natural sources, such as volcanoes and decaying vegetation, and man-made sources, primarily emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) resulting from fossil fuel combustion. In the United States, roughly 2/3 of all SO2 and 1/4 of all NOx come from electric power generation that relies on burning fossil fuels, like coal. Acid rain occurs when these gases react in the atmosphere with water, oxygen, and other chemicals to form various acidic compounds. The result is a mild solution of sulfuric acid and nitric acid. When sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are released from power plants and other sources, prevailing winds blow these compounds across state and national borders, sometimes over hundreds of miles.

pH in our Pools.
pH is one of the most important factors in pool water balance and it should be tested and corrected at least every week. pH is the measure of how acid/ alkaline the swimming pool water is. A pH of 7.0 is neutral – below 7.0 is acidic, above 7.0 is alkaline. The pH of our eyes is 7.2 . No wonder that the ideal pH for your pool is just that – 7.2 , and should be kept within the range of 7.0-7.6 .

What happens when the pool is too acidic? (pH is low)
If your swimming pool is Marbelite or plaster, the pool water will begin to dissolve the surface, creating a roughness which is ideal for pool algae growth. A similar result occurs in the grouting of tiled swimming pools.
Metals corrode – and this includes swimming pool equipment, pipe fittings, pump connections, etc.
As the swimming pool walls and metal parts corrode, sulphates are formed. These sulphates are released from the water onto the walls and floor of the swimming pool causing ugly brown and black stains.
Chlorine, which is used as a disinfectant in the swimming pool water, is activated and lost to the atmosphere very quickly. The water is not being sanitised, and we are throwing away our money by adding chlorine when the pH is too low.
When we swim, our eyes and nose burn. Our swimwear fades and perishes. Our skin gets dry and itchy.

What happens when the pool is too alkaline? (pH is high)
The calcium in the swimming pool water combines with carbonates and forms scale, just like in our kettles. This calcification is seen most at the waterline, where it traps dust and dirt, turning black with time.
The swimming pool water starts to become cloudy or murky and it loses its sparkle.
The calcium carbonate has a tendency to plate out on the sand in the swimming pool filter, effectively turning it into cement. So your sand filter becomes a cement filter, and loses its ability to trap dirt from the pool water.
As the pH rises, the power of the chlorine to act on foreign particles is lost. At a pH of 8.0 the pool can only use 20% of the chlorine you put in. So 80% of it goes to waste and you would need 5 times as much chlorine to provide the disinfection you need.
In alkaline swimming pool water, the swimmers suffer too. Our eyes and nose burn and our skin gets dry and itchy.

By neglecting to test and correct the pH of swimming pool water, we not only cause it to become unsightly, but we also cause ourselves physical discomfort. In addition to this, we insist on throwing away our hard-earned money on swimming pool chemicals that cannot possibly be effective in that pool water.