Why is chlorine used in Phoenix municipal water supplies? As temperatures in the dessert rise, bacteria multiply. To keep this bacterial growth at bay, chlorine is applied to the Phoenix municipal water supplies. Whole house water filtration from Clear Water Concepts removes these levels of chlorine from your family’s water supply. But why is this necessary? What are the problems with chlorinated water?
The following information from the Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) should convince you that healthy water is chlorine-free water.
• Chloramine—High levels cause irritation to eyes and nose, stomach discomfort, or anemia in some people.
• Chlorine—High levels cause irritation to eyes and nose in some people. When high levels of chlorine are in drinking water, some people can experience stomach discomfort. According to Scientific American, “Researchers have now linked chlorine in drinking water to hither incidences of bladder, rectal and breast cancer.”
• Chlorine dioxide—Some young children, infants, and fetuses of pregnant women who ingest water containing high levels of chlorine dioxide could experience nervous system effects. If ingested over a period of many years, they may also experience anemia.
All of the above chemicals are used to control microbes in municipal water systems. In particular, chlorine can combine with certain organics to form trihalomethanes, which is a family of carcinogens. The link to breast cancer is particularly alarming. A recent study from Hartford, Connecticut concluded that women with breast cancer have 50 to 60 percent higher levels of chlorine by-products in their breast tissue as compared women who are cancer-free.
Just because some water companies have switched to using chloramine instead of chlorine, this isn’t necessarily any better. Chloramine contains both chlorine and ammonia, both of which are carcinogens. In fact, chlorine and ammonia oxidize everything they come in contact with, not only affecting hair and skin, but also wearing out clothing, fabrics, and parts in water-using appliances and fixtures. Chlorine is also harmful to the resin inside water softeners, eventually breaking down the beads that serve to separate out hard water minerals from your water system.
Bottled water isn’t the solution. This is about removing chlorine from your home’s water supply. Clear Water Concepts, with over 16 years’ experience with whole house water filtration systems, water softeners, and reverse osmosis products are your Phoenix area water treatment specialists. To remove chlorine chemicals from your family’s water, contact them at clearwaterarizona.com.
Chloe Harris resides in Redondo Beach, California. A jack of all trades, Chloe writes about Phoenix whole house water filters and systems from clearwaterarizona.com in addition to creating jewelry and teaching yoga. She believes in love and art above all else. She spends her free time practicing yoga, meditating and surfing.
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