Salt Ions

Salt ions, damaging in their own right, are driving up the pH of freshwater, making it more alkaline.

Both of these variables shape water quality and can influence the stability of pipes and other water delivery infrastructure.

For example, when Flint, Michigan switched its primary water source to the Flint River in 2014, the river’s high salt load caused lead to leach from water pipes, creating that city’s well-documented water crisis.

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