Chlorine in Drinking Water: Pros And Cons

Chlorine is one of the most commonly used disinfectants worldwide. Around 98% of all municipalities are using chlorine products in their drinking water. Because of its availability, ease of production, and low costs, it is the preferred germ fighter for water supplies worldwide. 

Chlorine added to water can reduce the chances of a wide range of waterborne diseases that can be spread. Typhoid fever and cholera can be eliminated easily with this disinfectant but having chlorine build up in the water supply system can lead to some issues.

There are many benefits to using chlorine in drinking water but when we look at the makeup behind chlorine in its chemistry, we can also see the risks associated with its use.

Chlorine buildup in drinking water can lead to problems with breast cancer, bladder cancer, rectal cancer, and more. People drinking chlorinated water are also 93% more likely to get cancer than those who are drinking filtered water regularly. 

Chlorine Defined

Chlorine is a chemical that occurs naturally. It can be a gas at room temperature which is toxic and an irritant. It can also be cooled and pressurized when converted to a liquid form. If you’ve been to a water park or swam in chlorinated pools, you are likely to have noticed the smell of chlorine. This is because chlorine is used in many settings to treat standing water. It plays a crucial role in manufacturing and it can find its way into a wide variety of systems. 

Chlorine in its natural form can be toxic. The chlorine that you find in your pool is in a slightly different form than you would get in chlorine gas, most use of this chlorine is in a liquid form that can dissolve throughout the water and kill bacteria. The same procedure is often taken on with the wastewater plants to prevent waterborne diseases and bacteria growth. The chlorine penetrates into the shell of bacterial cell walls and disrupts their DNA to prevent reproduction. 

The chlorine added into the water supply is carefully measured via testing kits on a regular basis. You can also check your home levels of chlorine in the water supply. Chlorine levels of up to 4 milligrams in each Liter are considered to be safe. Each treatment facility across the United States will have different systems in place for chlorine testing and for mixing in chlorine too. 

The Health Effects of Chlorine

Consuming too much chlorine in your drinking water can lead to an increased risk of health complications such as congenital disabilities, kidney and liver cancer, stillbirths, and more. The inhalation of Chlorine can be the most dangerous side effect for your health. Chlorinated water can increase your exposure to toxic chemicals in the shower or in areas where chlorine vapor can go into your lungs. 

Extra chlorine in your drinking water will change the quality of your skin and hair. Chlorine can cause dry skin, hair prone to breakages, and more. Extreme dryness and irritation are common with chlorine exposure. 

Chlorine Can Damage Your Digestion And Gut Health

Chlorine is proficient in destroying bacteria. When it gets added into the water supply, it can also kill off gut bacteria, which is responsible for immune processes. 

The Best Way to Manage Chlorine in Your Water supply

Using filtration technology in your home is the best way that you can handle chlorine in your water supply. Using a filter that has activated charcoal in a particle or granular form can reduce the number of contaminants in your water supply. Carbon filter technology is easy to integrate into your home and it can make sure that the chlorine in your water can be removed for safe drinking conditions.

By using a whole home filter, you can enjoy clean water with confidence. Contact us today to get a free consultation. Eco Water Solutions of Florida has you covered!