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Yes, pure water does contain ions due to a process called the autoionization (or self-ionization) of water.

That happens because water can act both as an acid, donating a proton, #H^(+)#, to another water molecule, which acts as a base.

The reaction results in the formation of the hydronium ion, or #H_3O^(+)#, and of the hydroxide ion, #HO^(-)#.

However, the concentration of hydronium and hydroxide ions will be very, very small; in fact, the equilibrium that's established in solution lies so far to the left, that only 18 in #10^10# molecules of water will undergo autoionization.