Why pH Measurement is Important for the Environment

Why pH Measurement is Important for the Environment
Authored By Russell Seres

While the necessity of pH measurement is somewhat obvious in industrial settings, its relevance to environmental matters might be not quite so clear. However, if effluents from industry are allowed to infiltrate natural bodies of water or soils, they can have a hugely detrimental impact on the plants and animals which live in those ecosystems. Read on to find out more information about exactly how pH affects organisms and the habitats they live in.

The pH of our environment has an impact on plants, animals and bacteria. A more acidic or basic level can change their function which may lead to illness in these organisms. pH is an indicator of how well water quality will impact the environment. It has been shown to have a direct correlation with a healthy ecosystem on any successful farm land.

pH & Your Soil

There are many studies that show pH fluctuation can lead directly into changes in species abundance. That’s because certain plants thrive better in alkali soil, while others do better in acidic soil. For that reason, farmers deploy fertilisers and other additives to tweak the pH levels of their soil and optimise the growth of their produce. Similar principles are in play in the natural world, as well, where an imbalance in pH levels (due to industrial effluent, agricultural run-off or other means) can limit the growth of some plant life and encourage that of others.

Soil quality is hugely important for cultivating the crops which we depend upon for our sustenance. TPS manufactures precision measurement instruments, helping manage pH and other factors within our environment. Discover our Range.


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