Hi all. I'm going crazy trying to research something related to my Reverse Osmosis water filter I use to filter our drinking/cooking water at home.
I recently came across something talking about how RO water was bad because it lacked minerals, which led me to an alkalinity filter that my RO manufacturer sells to add back essential minerals and it claims raise the pH (because RO water is acidic).
So I tested my RO water with my Taylor K2006 and found my water to be acidic (drop test turned yellow, and took 16 drops of base demand to get it in the 7 range). I bought the alkalinity filter, installed it last night, ran some water through it to get it cleaned up, and then tested the resulting water. It was still too acidic to show up on the test block, but took only 8 drops of base demand reagent to get it up to 7. I have no idea if there is a way to calculate what my actual pH was based on how many drops it took of base demand reagent, but I suppose it doesn't matter.
Now I'm trying to decide if I even care that my pH isn't as neutral as my pool. If you research it, you'll find lots of people who claim that alkaline water is better for you and cures cancer (among other things). However, every one of these articles seems to use the word alkalinity instead of base. For example, they claim that alkaline water is any water that has a pH of greater than 7. To me, the ph doesn't tell me much about alkalinity, so right away the argument that alkaline water is better smells fishy to me.
Has anyone else that's pool minded ever looked much into this? Has anyone read a convincing reason why my drinking water should be a higher pH level that doesn't seem to confuse the terms alkalinity with base?