Chlorine – a type of chemical elements widely used to disinfect the water by the government to eliminate waterborne bacteria before distributing for public usage. Chlorine can effectively kill pathogens and protect the bacteria growth in the water. It is also inexpensive and easy to monitor.
Chlorine and harmful by-products
Although chlorine is powerful when comes to water treatment, but it will form the by-product called Trihalomethanes (THMs). THMs is toxic and harmful to our health when consumed, inhaled, or contacted to skin. Here’s are the effects if long exposure to chlorinated water and THMs:
– Bladder, colon, and rectal cancers
– Higher pregnant miscarriage and birth defect rates
Daily exposure to chlorine
We are exposed with Chlorine everyday without noticed, which is the water we consume and use. Chlorinated water is easy noticeable as it has unpleasant taste and smell, especially on drinking water. The water also used on food preparation. The ingredient will be polluted, affects the dish appearance and taste.
Besides that, we are also exposed to chlorinated bathing water, even more than drinking water. Chlorine is not only absorbed through the skin, but also vaporized in the shower and inhaled into the lungs. It makes the hair and skin feel dry too.
Reduce chlorine in water before use
To reduce the possibility of exposing to chlorinated water, it is advisable to treat the water before consuming or use. There are several way for household to do so, one of the most economy and easiest way is install point of use water filtration system. Carbon filtration is one of the filtration types which absorbs chlorine without leaving negative effects in the water. Carbon reduces chlorine, taste and odour, where you can enjoy the water peacefully.
Do not neglect every water you consume and use. Start protecting your family today.