One of the most deadly chemicals which majorly adds to the public water pollution issues in our current world is Chlorine (Cl2). This chemical is widely used to treat public water supplies. Yet chlorine is so deadly that in World War I it was used as a chemical weapon that caused terrible casualties. Chlorine is liquefied before being used to treat water supplies, but what most people don’t know, is that it readily returns to its lethal gaseous form in our home water supplies where it causes severe health problems.
Chlorine is added to public water supplies in order to kill bacteria. The problem is, when chlorine kills bacteria it can leave behind chemical byproducts like chloroform and trihalomethanes which are potent carcinogens. Chlorine itself is a toxic gas that evaporates most easily from hot water while still being able to evaporate from cold water.
Short Term – Short term exposure to chlorine comes mainly from bathing, showers and other activities that use hot water rather than from drinking. Short term exposure irritates the eyes and lungs, and within 15 minutes of exposure victims experience coughing, shortness of breath and headaches.
Long Term – Regular exposure to chlorine in the home has been associated with asthma and other respiratory diseases. An EPA study of chlorine in drinking water – even in small amounts – shows that chlorine causes higher blood cholesterol levels, higher blood pressure, heart diseases, and significantly increases your chances of dying from a heart attack.
Cancer – The byproducts of chlorine – chloroform and trihalomethanes are both classified as potent carcinogens which contribute to different cancers including lung, bladder, and rectal cancers, as well as some forms of leukemia.
So consider that for your health’s sake you should be filtering out chlorine. Water purifiers like Berkey and British Berkefeld units will do just that. There are also a number of shower filters on the market which will filter out chlorine, improving your skin and hair. So cut down your exposure to Chlorine today! It’s important.