Chlorine in tap water: health risks and alternative solutions

Neptune Water — a clean water provider in Caledonia, Ontario — discusses the health risks concerning chlorine in tap water and alternative solutions to provide your home and business with purified, healthy drinking water.

The Canadian Cancer Society asserts caution regarding the use of chlorine in drinking water. Chlorine is a chemical that’s added to water to disinfect drinking water (and other water sources, such as swimming pools) from pathogens (that is, disease-causing agents like bacteria and other microorganisms) that can cause illness. Diseases that can be caused by water that has not been properly disinfected include those that periodically appear in the news, such as E. coli (Escherichia coli), giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis (intestinal illnesses caused by microscopic parasites) and even cholera.

Chlorinated drinking water becomes something of a double-edged sword. It can serve a highly valuable purpose when making drinking water safe from disease-causing microbes, but too much chlorine can create a backlash, causing other, serious health problems. Furthermore, it isn’t just chlorine alone that alters the quality of your drinking water.

When chlorine interacts with organic matter like soil and dead leaves in untreated water, new chemicals called chlorination byproducts are produced, which remain in the water. The level of these byproducts in the water is dependent on both the amount of chlorine and the quantity of organic matter in the water. These chlorination byproducts are what are responsible for the risk of cancer that’s associated with water.

So, how can you reduce your exposure to chlorine and still protect yourself from the impurities and hazards of the water you drink? The answer comes down to using methods of purifying your drinking water that do not pose a threat of additional chlorination but that remove all byproducts and impurities. Some of these methods include:

•    Using activated carbon filters in water pitchers

•    Installing complete water filtering systems in your home

•    Getting special filters that attach to each tap used for drinking or food preparation

•    Drinking only purified water from a reliable clean water source

Each of these methods can help dechlorinate and purify your water. Ideally, to ensure your water meets a high standard for purity, it should be professionally evaluated to determine a purification system specific to your region and requirements.

Neptune Water in Caledonia specializes in water products and services designed to provide clean water for homes and businesses. A wide range of sizes of distilled water containers are available, as well as water coolers and various high-tech filtration and water treatment systems for home and office. Clean water that’s used for drinking, washing, food preparation and bathing serves many benefits that contribute to a healthy home and body.

To learn more, contact Neptune Water Caledonia by calling 905-765-4797 or toll-free at 1-877-765-3011. Email: neptune2005@rogers.com. Neptune Water is located at 265 Argyle Street North in Caledonia, Ontario.

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