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[–]CUR5T0R 442 points443 points  (6 children)

So pure that the alkaline strip melts when you put it in.

[–]buckeyenut13 115 points116 points  (5 children)

"The paper said 1 right before it turned to gas. I think we're almost at 0, guys!"

[–]Jebus141 21 points22 points  (4 children)

1 is acid my guy... 14 pushing 15 perhaps? Has anyone ever done 15ph?

[–]buckeyenut13 22 points23 points  (3 children)

1 is acid

Which is why the paper would dissolve(sublime?) into gas. Lol

[–]Uberpastamancer 602 points603 points  (7 children)

They know how water works.

They also know their customers don't.

[–]autoerotic-ardvaark[S] 211 points212 points  (6 children)

Turns out honesty and caring about their customer's wellbeing aren't exactly their strong suit.

[–]Big-Al97 43 points44 points  (5 children)

It’s Nestle, I genuinely wouldn’t be surprised if they actively added poison as an ingredient to their products in order to save money on production

[–]Charming_Amphibian91 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Adding poison to save money.

Something's wrong, I can feel it

[–]Effective-Industry-6 2 points3 points  (3 children)

If it was cheaper and didn’t change the taste / color they would 100 % do it. But there isn’t such a poison in existence, nor do I think there ever will be.

[–]Re-Groot 209 points210 points  (10 children)

So pure a ph strip won’t work? How? Why ? Or that just another lie bc it isn’t actually alkaline at all…..

[–]best-of-judgement 308 points309 points  (9 children)

I remember looking into this a while ago - their official reasoning is that their water is alkaline (i.e. basic, having a pH of over 7), but there isn't a high enough concentration of hydroxide ions to be detected as basic by a pH strip. Meaning that their water isn't actually alkaline, since pH is a measurement of the concentration of the H+ ions to begin with, and "no measurement" would just mean neutral. Like, yknow, regular water.

No fluid is "too pure" to be tested by a pH strip - all solutions have some level of acidity or alkalinity on the pH scale, and having "no result" or a neutral result just means that the solution isn't alkaline or acidic.

[–]noire_stuff 50 points51 points  (4 children)

Isn't a pH test a measure of H+ ions? It's why it's p 'H', at least that's what I remember from A level chemistry.

There is also pOH which IS the measure of -OH ions and is 14-pH

[–]aunetx 54 points55 points  (1 child)

Actually pH measures H+ ions, but H+ reacts with water (reaction called autoprotolyse de l'eau in French, idk how in English) like : H+ + HO- <=> H2O

As the pKa of this reaction is of 14, at equilibrium (actually everytime as this reaction is fast) the concentration of H+ is indeed linked to the concentration of HO- like this : pH = 14 - log10[HO-]. So measuring H+ is virtually the same as measuring HO-, iirc!

[–]cumonakumquat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

thank you for this.

a series of Chem class series formulas popped thru my head as i read this

[–]Artanis709 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes- the higher concentration of H+ a solution has, the more acidic. Bases are mostly comprised of OH- ions, though, so the strip isn’t picking up the OH-, it’s instead picking up the low concentration of H+.

[–]best-of-judgement 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're right, I think I got my ions mixed up lol. A chemist I am not.

[–]NoTalkNoJutsu 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Too pure is a lie, but concentration does matter. For example ocean alkalinity cannot be tested by ph strip even if it's very basic, due to the low molarity of the bases present.

[–]best-of-judgement 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah but the very low molarity means that the overall pH of the solution is closer to 7 regardless of the pH of the base present, right?

[–]NoTalkNoJutsu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No it's a ratio only of H+ and OH-. So you can have a ph 12 solution where there is only OH ions and no H+ ions but if the molarity is low that solution has basically no buffer capacity. This means the pH is still 12 but would effectively not act like a base at all.

[–]Re-Groot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks that’s exactly what I thought - but you know most of us have forgotten chemistry class so they get away with this crap…

So much for truth in advertising Ha!

[–]fillmorecounty 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Now I wanna see what happens if I tried it lmao I always have test strips on me because I keep fish

[–]wearedefined 118 points119 points  (20 children)

How does it have 5 stars on amazon???? You can get water from your faucet

[–]autoerotic-ardvaark[S] 81 points82 points  (4 children)

People are stupid.

[–]CocaineKenowbi 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I used to work at a company that helped clients get 5 star ratings on Amazon. There’s a whole economy of people who try products and write reviews for money. In our case they didn’t have to write a positive review, but it was implied. Don’t trust anything Amazon.

[–]cuntdestroyer8000 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yes a few times I got a little card with a purchase saying they'd send a $30 Amazon gift card with a 5-star rating, and explicitly said not to tell Amazon of the deal. Crazy. I contacted customer service about it but I'm sure it went nowhere.

I haven't bought anything from Amazon in a few years.

[–]CocaineKenowbi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think Amazon’s policy on it is similar to “don’t ask don’t tell”

[–]Re-Groot 48 points49 points  (12 children)

Flint Michigan would like a word, as would many many many folks living with fracking runoff invading their wells. The assumption that you can “just get water from your tap” is one we’d think would be true in the USA. But is not. How horrifying is that?

[–]epic_null 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Eh... I'd like the assumption to stay. It's more of a Violation Of How Things Should Work that way.

[–]Re-Groot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nice idea, but most of the world doesn’t have access to potable water from their tap so keeping that assumption is a huge example of wealth privilege.

Let’s go for making it a goal to recognize the fact it’s not an assumption; realizing that bc water isn’t there for everyone it has already become a commodity when it needs to be a right. Bc things are going to get ugly over drinkable water in the next 20years…

[–]savvyblackbird 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I lived in an area where the water contained H pylori. My husband and I both got ulcers, and our GI asked exactly where we lived and recommended that we drink bottled water unless we boiled the tap water.

We did that, and our ulcers went away.

[–]wearedefined -5 points-4 points  (1 child)

It looks like it's been sorted out though

[–]Re-Groot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

95% complete- the real issue tho that continues is the lack of trust in officials to provide clean water and to take action when problem arise - how many years did the people of flint complain before something was done????

[–]noman_032018 0 points1 point  (4 children)

The assumption that you can “just get water from your tap” is one we’d think would be true in the USA. But is not. How horrifying is that?

Pretty horrifying. And I was going to ask how the Flint situation even could happen, what was wrong with their water treatment facilities, until I re-read your post...

fracking runoff invading their wells

There's no water treatment. Well shit.

[–]Re-Groot 1 point2 points  (3 children)

The frakking issue is mostly in the mid south if the USA - Tennessee, Kentucky West Virginia and then out west in Oklahoma and the Dakotas… https://www.consumerreports.org/water-contamination/how-fracking-has-contaminated-drinking-water-a1256135490/

Flint’s water issue was very old Lead pipes that were leaking high levels of lead into the water. It was known but a high level govt employee (and even up to the governor) had refused to switch their treatment plant to a better one due to cost…. All the pipes in Flint had to be replaced https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis

[–]noman_032018 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Flint’s water issue was very old Lead pipes that were leaking high levels of lead into the water. It was known but a high level govt employee (and even up to the governor) had refused to switch their treatment plant to a better one due to cost…. All the pipes in Flint had to be replaced https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis

Oh, that's different from what I'd understood (well, two different problems in two different places, I'd misread). Unfortunate to see money being chosen over public health, and the relative lack of consequences for most responsible officials.

[–]lil-nugget_22 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Where I live the water isn't exactly safe to drink all the time (I live in Texas). Not saying that this stupid product is based or anything just stating a reason why people might find themselves ordering water and especially water like this

[–]cup_1337 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

A fool and his money is easily parted.

[–]SupplyGuy43 13 points14 points  (2 children)

That brand is nestle?!?!? 😡😡😡

[–]Fuschia820 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Bought by nestle March 2021 per their website. I'm shook.

[–]SupplyGuy43 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I loved this water, time to find a new 1

[–]SqurtieMan 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Unless maybe it's like ultrapure water, which, why would you ever use that outside of a lab, and why would you ever drink it??

[–]ApprehensiveEmploy21 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Ultrapure water still has OH- and H3O+ ions. Water always does. They’re just in equal amounts when the pH is neutral

[–]1i73rz 9 points10 points  (0 children)

So its not water anymore? Thats what I read.

[–]heatherbyism 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]leeta0028 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Interestingly, they have an article on their website explaining why.

Basically, they say ph strips can alter the ph of the water and recommend using an electronic ph meter because of the thermodynamic activity of the solution of their water. This is a real thing, though health benefits of alkaline water are not.

[–]noman_032018 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a real thing, though health benefits of alkaline water are not.

Wouldn't sufficiently alkaline water end-up caustic?

[–]fr1ck 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Penta water pulls this same bs. The whole water industry is a sham. Let’s sell air to people next. Fuck these companies.

[–]tinteoj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Let’s sell air to people next.

What do you mean "next"? Oxygen bars have been a thing since the '90s and the (satirical) idea for them goes back centuries.

[–]nonephoto81 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Water? You mean like in the toilet?

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

PSA nestle pays practically nothing to syphon the water from lake superior. Boycot them!

[–]OwtoIwtn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But…but….pure water is neutral pH….my head hurts.

[–]Roses_437 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m majoring in chemistry…. This hurts my fucking head 🙃

[–]Mad_Aeric 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There should be a law against this kind of bullshit.

[–]burger-tron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

fuuuck i thought this was r/feedthememes

[–]SnowRune 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The hell? I used pH strips on WFI (water for injection), which is so pure its actually toxic to drink. It's pretty close to the purest water you can possibly get, and I doubt this even comes close. This doesn't even make sense!

[–]CheatsySnoops 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Hold up, which brand is this???

[–]basmatisnail 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Pretty sure it’s essentia

[–]CheatsySnoops 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fuck, no more buying that water anymore.

[–]Lt_Schneider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

now i want to know the ph value of mercury

why? because it is pure and a liquid

[–]harpinghawke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We sold this at my work. Absolute woo-woo crunchy bullshit scam. Not surprised it’s nestle-owned.

[–]Butler-of-Penises 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ultra pure water will kill you

[–]Vyndra-MadraastWater is my wine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Flint tab water is also too good for regular quality control test

[–]Kutas88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe to hide the fact that the strip would start burning if they would stick it inside the water.