Chlorine in Your Water:
The Unseen Element and How to Tackle It
Chlorine is nearly ubiquitous in public water systems, with a staggering 98% of them employing some form of chlorine disinfection, according to the European Chemicals Agency. So what exactly is chlorine? How does it influence your health, and what is the level of chlorine in your tap water? Let's demystify chlorine and elevate your water quality.
Naturally occurring as a highly toxic and unstable gas, chlorine also forms a vital component in our oceans. Beyond being a part of everyday table salt (sodium chloride), chlorine is indispensable in manufacturing everything from PVC pipes and plastics to medicines and automobile bumpers.
The Case for Chlorine in Water Treatment
At water treatment facilities, chlorine or hypochlorite is introduced to the water supply to obliterate bacteria, microbes, and pathogens. This preventive measure significantly mitigates risks of diseases like salmonella, typhoid, and cholera. However, chlorine can break down over time or become compromised due to contamination en route to your home.
Chlorine's Other Side: The Aesthetic Toll
While chlorine has its advantages, there are downsides. According to the European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, exposure to chlorinated water can cause skin irritation and even lead to conditions like dermatitis. Furthermore, chlorine can strip away the natural oils coating your hair and skin, rendering them vulnerable to damage.
Assessing Chlorine Levels in Your Tap Water
Chlorine levels in your water supply can vary based on your location. According to the CDC, safe levels range up to 4 parts per million (ppm), while WHO estimates typical levels to be between 0.2 and 1 ppm. A Rapid Water Test or a local water quality report can give you an accurate measure of chlorine levels in your water.
Solutions for Reducing Chlorine Concentration
The Old Ways: Evaporation and Boiling
While letting water stand or boiling it can reduce chlorine, these methods are time-consuming and not practical for everyday use.
The Modern Approach: Filtration Systems
Carbon filters, especially activated and catalytic activated carbon filters, effectively reduce chlorine content in your water. At Aqualyze, we employ advanced filtration systems that minimize chlorine levels, thereby improving both the taste and safety of your water.
Our Top Picks:
Premium Shower Filter
Combat skin and hair damage while reducing the risk of inhaling harmful chemicals. Our multi-stage filtration system offers a wholesome shower experience.
Aqualyze Water Filter Systems
Ensure the water you drink is of the highest quality. Our NSF-certified systems remove 98% of chlorine, providing refreshing water for your family.
Whole House Water Filter System
Take a comprehensive approach to water treatment right at the point of entry to your home. These systems reduce 97% of chlorine along with other harmful chemicals and contaminants.
Take control of your water quality today. With Aqualyze, you’re not just choosing clean water; you’re opting for a sustainable, high-quality lifestyle.