For those of you who are unaware of the multitude techniques and methods used in cleansing our domestic supply, may also be surprised to hear of Chlorine in drinking water. It’s sole job is to disinfect the water and it seems to be the most economical and acceptable way of treating and controlling any bacteria present in water before it reaches our homes.
Serious stuff as this includes the bacteria which cause dysentery, cholera and typhoid.
It was only a day after I had read another article in the paper about drugs found in drinking water, that I came across another piece of interesting information. They say bad news comes in three’s so I was dreading what’s next. This particular study was the work of none other than the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. They had gathered evidence of a link between colon and bladder cancer and drinking chlorinated water.
I wasn’t sure if that was the reason my tap water smelt a bit like the water in my local swimming pool. It appears that however well it performs its intended function, a residual amount is always present when it reaches our taps. Apparently past regulations have tried to limit its content to low levels, and we are talking in terms of something like 100 parts in a billion.
That not much chlorine in drinking water is it, but for some environmentalists and scientists that’s still too much and the fight goes on for further safeguards to be put in place. My research also uncovered some cities who take their water from highly polluted rivers use chlorine in excess of government guidelines in order to make doubly sure of eradicating those nasty bacteria mentioned above.
Now you can see why I was keen to install a home water filtration system to cut or even eliminate such risks. Money spent on such things is never wasted, as it should be viewed as an investment in our health and well being.