Does water conduct electricity?


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Water can easily conduct electricity if it contains ionic compounds, but pure water does not conduct electricity. Pure water is rarely found in nature, therefore the majority of water found on Earth does conduct electricity.

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Pure water is defined as water that is completely free of any other chemical compounds. Since water is known as a universal solvent, it has the ability to dissolve a large number of compounds. Water found in nature tends to have a large number of dissolved substances. These substances are often organic and are completely safe for consumption. However, they also can conduct electricity, making the water they are dissolved within able to conduct electricity as well.

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