Chlorine & Chemical Removal
So why should you remove Chlorine from your water when the city adds it in?
The job of the municipal water district is to get the water to your home safe for consumption, which means bacteria free. So how do they know how much Chlorine to put into the water? Believe it or not, it is an exact science and a shot in the dark all at the same time. That’s a wild statement so let us explain. It is exact in the fact that the water systems take a volume calculation of water on every water line that leaves the facility and using a math equation they can calculate how many gallons of water are in that line based on the diameter and length of the line. Based on that calculation, they can determine how many pounds of chemicals they need to add to ensure that they have a residual of 0.33 parts per million of chlorine at the farthest home on the given line. So in those terms it is a very exact science. Now for the shot in the dark, this cannot be regulated by house. So if you live next door to the plant, your water has so much chlorine in it that it would be like swimming in your pool with your chlorine level multiplied by 5 times. The average home maintains their swimming pool at a 1.0-1.5 part per million of chlorine. Well that same home also has the same amount of chlorine coming out of the shower heads in their home.
What is the first thing you do when you get out of the pool for the last time of the day? You take a shower. Why? The water is the same.
So why should I be concerned about the amount of chlorine and chemicals in my water?
Chlorine is not something that will do major damage to you today other than drying out your skin and affecting the color of your hair, but the long term impact is another story.
Google it “Effects of Chlorine in water “and you will be amazed at what you will find. Chlorination is the acceptable treatment method for 80% of the nation’s water systems and more than 90% of North Texas water systems. You will find that chlorine has very adverse health effects, is linked to several cancers and when it is heated in your hot water systems, it becomes a carcinogen. Now ask yourself, is this the best option for my home and family?
The WQA (Water Quality Association), which serves as the nation’s foremost authority on water conditions, has dubbed this era and time “The Final Barrier”. This is a call to all the residents that it is the responsibility of each of us to protect our own homes and families.
If our predecessors could do it all over again, the infrastructure of the municipal water systems would have been designed to have two water systems feeding each home – one system to be used for consumption and one to be used for everyday use.