Chlorine is used as a disinfectant
in city-treated water. It's normally used in small amounts, but sometimes those
amounts are increased. Chlorine, in combination with other disinfectants, is
very good for killing waterborne bacteria and viruses. It is required by the
EPA and monitored very closely by city water treatment plants.
But chlorine can also leave a
distinct taste and smell in the water. Many people still don't like the idea of
ingesting chlorine along with their drinking water. It is also possible for
byproducts that are contaminants themselves to form from chlorine and other
matter in the water. This has many consumers unhappy with their drinking water.
It's generally accepted that not
using chlorine at a water treatment point is more dangerous than using it. The
risks from chlorine and its byproducts are lower than those of the pathogens
that can get into water and make you sick.
But if you don't like that taste or
smell, are tired of putting flavoring into water to drink or are still worried
about the byproducts, there are ways to safely reduce the amount of chlorine in
The amount of chlorine used in
drinking water treatment plants is less than, and not as evident as, the amount
used in swimming pools, but it can still leave a bit of a chlorine smell and
taste if you're really sensitive. If the treatment plants in your area change
the amount and start using more, the smell and taste will become more
This can be highly unappetizing.
Chances are you don't want to think you're drinking swimming pool water when
all you want is a glass of cool water from the tap.
Many disinfection systems use
ammonia along with chlorine to disinfect the water. These two products can
combine to produce chloramines in the water, and there have been some studies
linking long-term exposure to chloramines with the development of bladder
cancer and possible other forms of cancer. Additional long-term concerns
include fertility rates and central nervous system problems.
For the past few years, the EPA has
allowed treatment facilities to use monochloramine instead of chlorine in the
water because monochloramine appears to have fewer long-term effects on health.
However, some consumers still do not like the idea of ingesting even these
Treatment districts are not going to
stop disinfecting drinking water. The risks of that are too severe and
immediate to justify it. That means consumers have to remove the chemicals from
the water at the point of consumption.
Removing chlorine takes two forms:
evaporation and filtering.
For evaporation, you can let the
glass of water sit out for a day or so. This lets the chlorine evaporate out of
the water. However, it is inconvenient to leave all the water you want to drink
out for a day. This option is good only if you need to have a small amount of
reduced-chlorine water each day or week.
Another option is to use a pitcher
filter at the faucet. This can be somewhat inconvenient as you have to keep
refilling the pitcher, it can take a long time for the pitcher to fill and
those filters don't last very long in the scheme of things.
These pitcher filters also don't
filter water in showers, and people typically don't use them for bathroom sinks
where they use water to brush their teeth and clean their toothbrushes. Faucet
filter attachments are also possible, but again, these slow down the flow of
The third option is to have the
whole house filtered at the point where the water enters the house. Reverse
osmosis is a common filtering process that can remove most of the chlorine and
its byproducts before it reaches the faucets.
This will make your tap water
will smell and taste a lot less pool-like.
Adding reverse osmosis to your home
is simple. Contact Hague Quality Water of Kansas City Inc. to discuss the installation and maintenance
requirements for your home so that you can have clean, delicious water at each