Chlorine has proven to be very effective in killing and disinfecting polluted water, making it drinkable and usable for various commercial or personal uses. It is the main element that has helped us control water-borne diseases. Moreover, it’s an affordable and widely available product, easy to use.
However, with benefits also come disadvantages. When chlorine reacts to eliminate bacteria and other harmful chemicals, it produces toxic by-products.
Why we should remove chlorine from water
These by-products are identified as Trihalomethanes (THMs) which enter our body through inhalation, skin or drinking water. This compound can have severe effects on us for instance, miscarriages, cancer (in the bladder, colon, and rectum), and pulmonary edema.
Minor injuries include rashes, coughing, nose and throat pain, eye irritation and ahigher risk of asthma attacks. Chlorine also causes dryness of skin and makes our hair brittle, leaving behind an unpleasant smell and taste.
How to remove chlorine from city mains water
Carbon filters efficiently absorb chlorine from water without leaving behind any negative effects in the water supply. Adsorption takes place when carbon comes in contact with the water removing chlorine, taste, smell and organic impurities leaving fresh, clean water.
Two to three carbon filter systems can be used in a heavy-duty whole of house filtration system and with a pre filter to protect the carbons is very effective. This is usually placed on the mains line and offers excellent chemical removal capability.
The second system is affordable utilising an under bench drinking water only filter.It is the standard capacity contact water cartridge. These under bench filter housings use carbon filters to adsorb chlorine recommended for a standard quantity of water. Even though it needs regular replacement of filters, the outcome is very good for drinking and cooking water only.