Chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to clean domestic water supplies in developed nations for decades. It’s highly effective at killing a wide variety of organisms, but it does have its own set of problems. Let’s take a closer look at how chlorine works, the possible negative health effects, and some simple solutions to fix the problem.
The process of chlorination has been used to treat public water since 1894. It was first used in New Jersey, America and then other places to treat emergent threats. As cities grew larger, these new metropolises became vulnerable to waterborne diseases, such as cholera and typhoid. The chlorination of the water supply saved millions of lives all over the world and became the go to method for killing harmful organisms. It does this by attacking the cell walls of the organisms and altering their structures. Even the deadliest water containing large numbers of harmful organisms can be made safe in less than an hour.
The Health Concerns of Chlorination:
Although chlorination is effective at killing harmful organisms, researc/h conducted in recent years has raised some concerns. The use of chlorine creates disinfection byproducts known as trihalomethanes or THMs and haloacetic acids or HHAs. Exposure to these byproducts has been linked to a number of health problems, such as brain damage, kidney failure, various cancers and birth defects. The exposure occurs when ingesting water treated with chlorine and in other ways, such as bathing, showering, and eye contact.
Is Chlorinated Water Safe to Drink?:
The health effects of chlorinated water byproducts require further study and no definitive studies are available yet. Despite these health concerns, chlorinated water can be safe to use if a few rules are followed. It may be a good idea to rent or buy a system that uses water filters to remove or reduce the levels of disinfection byproducts. Chlorinated water that is drawn from the tap and left to stand for a while has less chlorine gas in it, and thus it’s safer to use.
Whatever the solution, one of the least problematic and annoying aspects to drinking chlorinated water is the taste and smell. Many people, cannot stand the “swimming pool” odor of treated water, these people will enjoy bottled spring water and filtered water as a more palatable alternative.
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