How should activated water be stored?
Herbert F.: The new water ionizer is being used for the last few weeks in our accountancy office by our co-workers. I even offer our clients a carafe of water as an alternative to coffee, tea and fruit juices during consultations. The glass carafe now has a milky white stain which is mainly at the bottom. A co-worker has already asked me what kind of a sediment that is. I also discovered, reading in between the lines, that the main question was: is the water really as healthy as he has proclaimed? Having a few sceptics in the business this is grist to their mills since they question the well intended gesture. I would like to answer competently the questions that have been posed. How should the glass carafes be cleaned to let the purity of the water shine through or are there more appropriate containers for presenting the water?
- It is clear that a seminar on the importance of calcium cannot be held with each of your clients. That is why the question about presenting the water is completely correct, even though, sadly, very difficult to answer.
- For your own knowledge: the white sediment is a calcium and carbonic acid compound. Not harmful, yet also not very useful. The moment it shows, the active water has overstepped its relaxation period and should be replaced.
- The more contact the water has with air, for example, in an open container like a carafe, the shorter the relaxation period is because carbon dioxide from the air is absorbed as carbonic acid into the active water and flocculates as calcium carbonate. That is why a filled to the brim, air tight bottle is favoured for the conservation for water. A more economic option is violet glass, followed by blue glass or brown glass. These bottles are the best for extending the relaxation period.
- The best solution are stainless steel thermal flasks. They can keep the dissolved hydrogen and ORP value for two weeks, if closed and filled to the brim.
- Storage containers that have not been decalcified encourage the relaxation period to be shortened, because they offer the calcium carbonate a crystallization core. They drain the negative Redox Potential almost as much as a – forbidden with alkaline activated water – metal bottle. So always decalcify all containers.
- Acidic water from a flow-through ionizer is usually not acidic enough to remove a layer of limescale. It is best to use a spray bottle with a natural, unproblematic citric acid, and spray this into the bottle until the sediment is released. Then rinse it with tap water and it is ready to be used again. It can be a bit tedious, yet there is no other way. It is best to drink alkaline water immediately after the carafe has been filled. This is obviously not possible in your office.