Is the Chlorine in My Drinking Water Safe to Drink?

From an article by Alvin Rice, CEO and co-founder of Multipure International.

I recently updated my Blog site and as matter of fact it is not 100% complete, but is ready to go.

I am back to posting some articles and information to inform you of the latest news, incidents, changes and things I think you should be familiar with regarding our drinking water safety.

As always, I am here to encourage the easiest, most effective and cost effective way to protect your family from contaminated water issues that may occur in your neighborhood.

My filtered water tastes so good, I believe I would use my filter just for taste alone.  But happily, this filter is very effective in reducing or eliminating contaminants of health concern, as well.

And this filter and others from the same company are certified by the NSF, as I have told you before.

Today, I want to review chlorine in tap water and why chlorination is important, and also why it is important to filter it out of our drinking water at point of use (usually our kitchen sink).

The CEO and co-founder of Multipure International, Alvin Rice, wrote an article on why people should not drink chlorinated tap water.  I want to report some of the facts and evidence he points to in support of his statements.

I think everyone understands the health benefits of chlorine as a disinfectant to  control microbes that would otherwise make it through to our home tap.

Mr. Rice points out that “we now understand more about the adverse health effects of chlorination.”

He continued that “we have learned that it is not just the chlorine itself that could be harmful in your drinking water, but the fact that chlorine can react with organic material in tap water to create disinfectant byproducts (DBPs).”

“The first of these DBPs were identified in 1974 and were classified as  trihalomethanes (THMs) which were linked to cancer-causing substances.”

“The discovery of trihalomethanes in drinking water led to research on other chemicals created from the addition of chlorine to water and to their subsequent health effects.”

“Since 1974, more than 600 additional DBPs in chlorinated tap water have been identified, which means that it will take the scientific community years before they are able to identify which of these products are harmful.”

“And even then, it will take years to develop regulations to protect the public from the adverse health effects of these substances.”

“It took 66 years for the scientific community to identify the first DBPs and while we know that some of these DBPs are more harmful than others, we just do not know all of the specifics yet.  So why take the chance with DBPs in your drinking water?”

I will post the rest of Mr. Rice’s article on chlorine tomorrow.

You can, like I do, treat these DBPs with an effective in-home quality water filter system.

For me, this is not just interesting information, but also information that we should take action on.  As Mr. Rice points out, health effect of contaminants such as water disinfectants and their byproducts are not yet fully understood.

Have a great and healthful day,

Don

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