We all know that Jacksonville Florida’s city water supply is very hard, but it also contains high levels of Chlorine. Chlorination is used to control microorganisms while our water is traveling through the distribution systems. Your home can be miles away from the distribution source so to guarantee against a bacteria outbreak municipalities like JEA may use very high chlorine doses to assure safety. However these high chlorine levels are not without consequence to your home and family. EPA limits on the amount that can be used as well as plumbing codes, like how far a shower head can be located from the ceiling, are designed to protect human health from the wherewithal’s of chlorine exposure. These two whole home filtration systems are infused with an anti-chemical carbon media that will eradicate this chlorine problem.
What is Chlorine?
Chlorine has the atomic number of 17 and is defined as a toxic, irritant, pale green gas. It’s used to disinfect municipal water by controlling water borne diseases like giardia and cryptosporidium. Water borne illnesses cause diarrheal diseases which can be fatal in small children and the elderly. So in this context chlorine is a very good thing as it’s success rate in controlling these diseases is very high, but are there consequences associated with long term chlorine digestion and exposure?
Chlorine Disinfection By Products:
Chlorine is a disinfectant that destroys water born bacteria but it may react with may react with naturally fulvic and humic acids, amino acids, and other organic matter to form what is referred to as Disinfection By-Products or DBP’s. Although there are more, the 3 DBP’s of concern for Jacksonville Fl water consumers is Trihalomethanes (THM’s), Haloacetic acids (HAA’s), and Bromate. View Disinfection by Products
These items pose a health risk to certain individuals that are regularly exposed to high levels of DBP’s. The EPA states that digesting these contaminants can lead to an increased risk of cancer; as well as liver, kidney or central nervous system complications. View the EPA’s comments on this contaminant.
Granular Activated Carbon (or GAC) is commonly used in removing residual disinfectants, such as chlorine, in city water supplies. This not only improves taste and minimizes health hazards; it protects other water treatment units such as reverse osmosis membranes and ion exchange resins from damage caused by oxidation (a chlorine side affect). Activated carbon is a preferred filtration media in Jackosnville Fl because it adds nothing detrimental to the water supply while effectively removing chlorine.