Why Does Tap Water Have Chlorine
Chlorine is a highly efficient disinfectant, and it is added to public water supplies to kill disease-causing bacteria that the water or its transport pipes might contain.
“Chlorine has been hailed as the saviour against cholera and various other water-borne diseases, and rightfully so.” “Its disinfectant qualities have allowed communities and whole cities to grow and prosper by providing disease-free tap water to homes and industry.”
The Pros and Cons Of Chlorine
All this disinfecting has not come without a price: Chlorine introduced into the water supply reacts with other naturally-occurring elements to form toxins called trihalomethanes (THMs), which eventually make their way into our bodies. THMs have been linked to a wide range of human health maladies ranging from asthma and eczema to bladder cancer and heart disease.
“Dirty water going into the treatment plant means water contaminated with chlorination by-products coming out of your tap.” “The solution is to clean up our lakes, rivers, and streams, not just bombard our water supplies with chlorine.”
The Cons of Chlorine in Drinking Water
The bad news is that chlorine treatment does not absolutely ensure that by the time our drinking water comes out of our home faucet it is free of unhealthy microorganisms.
Dangerous bacteria (such as e-coli and coliform) are still found in chlorinated tap water on occasion. When this happens it is primarily due to problems related to the treatment system itself or to the transport of the water to our homes.
Thus, relying on chlorine disinfection alone is a false guarantee that the water from your tap is safe to drink.
Even minimal exposure to these types of bacteria can cause symptoms similar to the flu, such as headaches, diarrhoea, cramps, nausea or vomiting.
Thus, it is highly recommend a tap water filter at the point-of-use to ensure adequate filtration of unhealthy micro-organisms, as well as other many other contaminants, that could end up in your drinking water.
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