Chlorine has been a widely used method for disinfecting water and eliminating waterborne diseases. It is enormously efficient at removing diseases and pathogens. It is extensively used since it’s low-cost and simple to monitor and control. Chlorine is considered one of the best disinfecting agents, yet despite its usefulness and economical ability to disinfect water, chlorination has some problems of its own.
Private well users sometimes use chlorine to disinfect the water as they do have a choice in their water treatment method. City water users do not have control of the disinfection methods and chlorine is most commonly used because it is the most cost-effective and efficient disinfection method. The problem that arises with the use of chlorination is the production of unsafe byproducts. Chlorine creates Trihalomethanes (THMs), which are toxic when they are inhaled, consumed, or come into contact with the skin.
There are a few problems that arise with the exposure of chlorine in water, such as an unpleasant smell and taste, dry hair and skin after showering, unsafe ingestion from drinking water, and unsafe inhalation in showers. Chlorine creates a problem throughout all water sources in the home, which is why it is important to remove chlorine from the entire water source with the use of reverse osmosis water filter systems.
These systems are equipped with carbon filtration which can remove chlorine and other contaminants found in city and well water. There are two choices when it comes to carbon filtration: large, heavy duty carbon filtration systems which can be expensive, but require very little maintenance (the media requires replacement every 5-8 years); and a smaller filtration cartridge, which is much cheaper, but requires an annual replacement. Using either of these in conjunction with a reliable reverse osmosis water filter system will maximize the safety of your water.
Chlorine isn’t the only unsafe contaminant found in municipal water. What follows is a list of other city water contaminants which reverse osmosis water filter systems can reduce or remove. Organics like Trihalomethanes, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), solvents, and degreasers, among others. Inorganic materials like arsenic, chromium, barium, mercury, and lead can also be removed, as well as scale forming chemicals like calcium and magnesium which attach to pipes and appliances, and radioactive chemicals that cause decay of uranium in rocks and soil.
Depending on your area, there can be very high levels of some or all of these contaminants since most are not even regulated by drinking water standards. Reverse osmosis water filter systems are able to remove up to 99% of all contaminants found in municipal water. With the use of a whole house reverse osmosis filter system and carbon and sediment filters; you can enjoy high quality drinking water and chlorine-free showers.