# What is the overall charge on a molecule of water?

Feb 22, 2017

Well, ZERO.........

#### Explanation:

The water molecule is $O {H}_{2}$. There are $1 + 1 + 8$ $\text{protonic charges}$, which are electrostatically balanced by $1 + 1 + 8$ $\text{electronic charges}$. What do well call these fundamental carriers of electrostatic charge, and where do they live?

In solution, the water molecule is conceived to dissociate,

2H_2O(l) rightleftharpoons H_3O^+ + ""^(-)OH

This equilibrium reaction has been extensively studied and measured.