Hello Plant Clinic People,
The Medford Water Commission has decided to make a small change in the water treatment process for their water supply. They will be raising the pH of the water from about 7.1 to 7.8 by adding sodium hydroxide (NaOH). While this change is unlikely to impact garden plants, there is a chance that over time some plants could show signs of nutrient deficiency due to the higher alkalinity in the water. Plants that are acid-loving, like blueberries, may be impacted. It’s something to keep in the back of your mind when you think you have a case of nutrient deficiency on your hands in the upcoming years.
Medford Water Commission: https://www.medfordwater.org/Page.asp?NavID=642
Michigan State University: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/water_alkalinity_and_ph_what_they_mean_in_regards_to_water_quality