Ionic substances conduct electricity when they are dissolved in water. Ionic substances release ions into water so that they carry electricity through the solution. Water containing dissolved ions is a very good conductor of electricity.
The freely moving ions in the water have the ability to pass electricity through the solution. Covalent substances cannot conduct electricity when they are dissolved in water, as they are not then able to produce ions. Pure water by itself is also not a good conductor of electricity unless it is mixed with any ionic compound. The solution that can conduct electricity is called an electrolyte, and that which cannot conduct electricity is called a non-electrolyte.Learn More
The conducting abilities of water depends on the type of water or the purity of it. Pure water, that does not have any other elements in it is a better insulator of electricity than it is a conductor. The opposite holds true for things like salt water, because of the extra elements in it.Full Answer >
Pure water does not conduct electricity. It is an insulator that has a high resistance and a low conductivity. Electrical current does not move through water easily.Full Answer >
Although many people think water conducts electricity well, pure water is a poor conductor since its molecules do not have free electrons to travel and thus transfer current. Pure water, however, rarely exists in nature. Salts, sediments and minerals often mix with water and create ions that conduct electricity.Full Answer >
Electricity, the flow of electric charge, powers much of the technology used in modern society. The Energy Information Administration explains that electricity is a secondary source of energy, meaning that it comes from the conversion of other energy sources.Full Answer >