- Chlorine is often the primary choice disinfectant to treat contaminated water but can also be a secondary disinfectant, like chloramines.
- Chloramines are created by adding ammonia to chlorine for the treatment drinking water.
- Since the 1930’s this technique has been used to remove harmful microbial pollutants from the water supply and allow it to maintain a level of cleanliness as it travels over more contaminated areas.
- Trichloramines are what is created when chlorine mixes with our organic matter allowing the breakdown of cellular barriers.
- Research has shown that chlorine exposure over periods of time can produce free radicals in the human body, which are carcinogenic and dangerous to our health.
- The risk of cancer increases heavily with the consumption of chlorinated water versus those who do not consume chlorinated water.
- The presence of chlorine and chloramines in our water supply is not something we can control, but, fortunately it is one of the easiest things to remove from water.
Just some of the dangers brought on by chlorine and chlorine byproducts…
Damage to kidneys and intestines
Can burn/irritate skin, eyes, and throat
Increases cancer and heart disease
Has been related to breast cancer
Irregularity in the heart and circulatory systems
Causes cell damage
Removes moisture from skin and hair
Decreases desired water intake
Leaves water tasting and smelling bad