The Health Risks of Chlorine in Tap Water

June 25, 2014

Most people know that there is chlorine in swimming pool water, but did you know that chlorine is also commonly found in our tap water? This means that you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to chlorine on a daily basis through your cleaning or drinking water.Water chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to water for the purpose of disinfecting it to make it safer for humans to drink. Chlorination is meant to control microbes and kill off diseases that can travel through our water system. It’s a relatively common procedure in the U.S. because it is inexpensive, has low production and operating costs, and has a long history in large continuous disinfection programs.Supporters of water chlorination say that this process has greatly reduced waterborne diseases like E. coli, and while some water utility companies maintain that chlorination is safe and largely beneficial for humans, others aren’t so sure.The problem is that when chlorine is added to our water, it combines with other natural compounds to create Trihalomethanes (chlorination byproducts), also known as THMs. THMs can cause cell damage and additional adverse health effects. On a smaller scale, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites that consumption of chlorine may cause stomach discomfort because in disinfecting our water, it also destroys the good bacteria in our bodies that aids in the digestion of food. Physicians say that this same factor can contribute to skin issues. The chlorine not only wipes out the harmful bacteria that prevents illness, but it also kills the positive bacteria that helps our skin stay healthy. Continuous exposure to chlorine can cause dry skin or acne.More seriously, researchers have linked long-term exposure to chlorine in drinking water to higher instances of breast, bladder, and colon cancer.Even though there appears to be some disagreement on whether or not chlorinated water is dangerous, do you really want to take the risk when it’s you and your family’s health at stake?The good news is that removing chlorine from your water is relatively simple! You can quickly rid your water of harmful chlorine by installing a by installing a Whole House Water Softening and Filtration system from Jason’s Water Systems. With up to 400,000 gallons of chlorine removal, Jason’s whole house system is guaranteed to protect, not only your drinking water, but the water in your entire house. Jason’s uses the highest quality Coconut Shell Carbon to filter all of the water coming into your home from harsh chemicals. Jason’s whole house system filters out impurities like chlorine, salt, and pesticides that may be in your tap water, leaving it cleaner and fresher-tasting. Besides the obvious health benefits, perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Jason’s Whole House Drinking System is that there are no extra hassles to the homeowner. No more replacing filters under the sink or paying for a service technician to visit your home every other month. Once installed, you can essentially forget that the filtration system is there and just enjoy your cleaner drinking and bathing water.Are you ready to have a reverse osmosis system installed in your home? For more information on water filtration for your entire house, call Jason’s Water Systems at 210-622-9540 today!