Water Quality Parameter

Monitoring Water for Alkalinity With KETOS SHIELD

Water operators need better solutions that can offer lab-accurate monitoring of various water testing parameters – including alkalinity.

Testing for Alkalinity

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Monitoring Water For AlkalinityKETOS SHIELD allows water operators to monitor for alkalinity in real-time. They save costs with our $0-CAPEX subscription model, too.

As an intelligent water management solution, KETOS SHIELD provides real-time monitoring for alkalinity and 30+ other water testing parameters (including inorganics and heavy metals). Monitoring happens via an internet-aware modular system that uploads your data to the cloud for easy 24/7 access.

Why Monitor Water for Alkalinity with KETOS

Alkalinity can measure water’s ability to neutralize acids or resist changes that cause acidity and help maintain a stable pH. For example, water with high alkalinity is less prone to turning acidic if it becomes contaminated with acidic water. Several factors can affect a water supply’s alkalinity, including the composition of soil and local geological conditions, pH changes, sewage outflow, and environmental factors (such as acid rain).

Alkalinity is essential for drinking water and wastewater treatment and an important factor when determining the suitability of water for irrigating plants. Therefore, monitoring for alkalinity may be necessary for any water quality monitoring program across various industries.

Issues with Alkalinity In Water

While alkalinity itself is not harmful to human health, it can have various implications:

  • Corrosion: High alkalinity water can contribute to corrosion in metal pipes and plumbing fixtures. This corrosion can lead to leaks, contamination of water with metals like lead, and damage to infrastructure.
  • Scaling: Alkaline water can cause scaling in pipes, water heaters, and appliances. This scaling can reduce the efficiency of these systems and lead to increased energy consumption and maintenance costs.
  • Aquatic Environment: High alkalinity levels in natural water bodies can impact aquatic ecosystems. It can affect the pH balance, which in turn can harm aquatic life, particularly species sensitive to changes in pH.
  • Water Treatment: Alkalinity can interfere with water treatment processes. For example, in drinking water treatment, high alkalinity can reduce the effectiveness of disinfection processes such as chlorination.
  • Taste and Odor: Extremely high alkalinity can sometimes impart a bitter taste or odor to water, which may be undesirable for drinking or other uses.
 

Overall, while alkalinity itself is not a health concern, it can have various indirect effects on water quality, infrastructure, and the environment, making it an important parameter to monitor and manage in water systems.

Causes of Alkalinity in Water

Alkalinity in water primarily arises from dissolved minerals and substances that neutralize acids. The most common source is calcium carbonate (limestone), which dissolves into the water from rocks and soil as it flows through different geological formations. Other minerals like magnesium and potassium can also contribute to alkalinity, derived from natural sources such as dolomite or through agricultural runoff where fertilizers and pesticides contain these elements. Additionally, human activities like mining, industrial processes, and the use of water treatment chemicals can increase alkalinity levels, altering the water’s natural balance. Understanding these causes is crucial for managing water quality and ensuring it remains safe for consumption and the environment.

How to Easily Monitor Water for Alkalinity

Does your team need more information on how KETOS can help monitor for alkalinity and 30+ other water testing parameters?

KETOS offers comprehensive water monitoring solutions, including tracking alkalinity and over 30 additional critical parameters. From pH to dissolved oxygen, KETOS provides accurate insights, ensuring water quality management is thorough and effective. Gain the knowledge your team needs for precise water analysis and proactive decision-making.
 
Whether you’re monitoring process water for calcium levels in industrial applications, detecting arsenic in drinking water, or managing cadmium in wastewater, KETOS’ automated water monitoring solution streamlines your operations, saving time and ensuring regulatory compliance.

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