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Water Quality | What is Chlorine?

Chlorine is widely used for disinfecting swimming pools and public water systems around the globe. Chlorine in its natural form is a gas. Common compound that is widely used is the table salt [NaCl]. It is widely used in manufacturing of pipes, plastics, medicines and many more applications.  

How does Chlorine get into your water? 

Chlorine is added to your water supply by the local water boards for the treatment of water at their facility. It is used to kill microbes, bacteria, and other pathogens. Disinfecting the water supply drastically reduces the risk of diseases of water borne diseases like salmonella, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery.

Harmful effects of Chlorine in your water.

Chlorine is a disinfectant that can affect your water’s taste and quality, and so in many cases it makes sense to filter your drinking water to reduce the chlorine content. During the passage of water from the water board to your tap, Chlorine breaks down to form harmful byproducts. These chemicals are harmful for your hair and skin. They can cause itchy skin, red spots, and hives. Hair also becomes more brittle and Chlorine leaches away the natural oils. 

How to reduce the concentration of Chlorine?

Chlorine is used to treat your water and remove microorganisms that can cause infectious diseases. But once treated water arrives in your home, there are no other benefits to consuming chlorine. We cannot completely eliminate the chlorine in the water but can reduce it significantly.

Boiling water is one method for reducing chlorine from your drinking water. 

Active carbon filters which are very common in water filtration products can reduce the concentration of chlorines in your tap water and the general taste and odor associated with chlorine. 

Recommended water filters for Chloramines

It is increasingly becoming essential to filter water we consume. The best water filtration systems that reduce Chlorine concentration in your drinking water based on Reverse Osmosis [RO] technology. These systems also reduce or eliminate the majority of contaminants like microscopic level compounds, bacteria, viruses, chlorine, chloramine, lead, and microorganisms. These are available as counter top or under the sink models. The filtered water is ideal for drinking and cooking.

Some owners believe that a RO based water purifier is expensive to maintain. However with proper monitoring of the system it need not be expensive. The TDSBot makes your RO System smart. It monitors water quality in real time, alert you for changes in quality, gives predictive maintenance alerts and most important it lets you know when to change filters based on water quality and volume of water filtered.

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