Water chlorination has all but eliminated many deadly waterborne diseases including typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery. Problems that plague less developed countries are simply no longer a concern in the United States.
Unfortunately, the chlorination process also produces a group of byproducts that can be harmful when consumed.
These byproducts are known as Trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs consist of four chemicals: bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform and dibromochloromethane. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors the levels of THMs in the water supply.
A recent change in regulations from the EPA requires a level of THMs not to exceed 80 parts per billion (PPB). This is an adjustment to the previously mandated 100 PPB and shows an increasing concern in the chemical levels and the health risks on the population.
ALTHOUGH THE BENEFITS OF CHLORINATED WATER OUTWEIGH THE DETRIMENTS, THE SIMPLE FACT IS THAT WITH PROPERLY FILTERED WATER YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR WATER FREE OF BOTH CONTAMINANTS, AND CHLORINE BY PRODUCTS.
There is no denying chlorine’s benefit to the water supply. Bacteria, viruses and parasites that used to be a great danger to the population are all controlled by the chlorination of the water.