The introduction of chlorine into water supply systems has gone a long way in giving us better water to drink. It does an amazing job at reducing the levels of bacteria that cause diseases like:
- Typhoid fever
- Legionnaires' disease
And it doesn't take a lot of chlorine to see these positive effects. The World Health Organization notes that there's typically only 0.2–1 mg/L of chlorine in our drinking water. For reference, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that up to 4 mg/L of chlorine is considered safe.
The big question — why is chlorine so unwanted if it’s used by water utilities to disinfect your water?
The biggest problem for most people is the taste and smell. Those with sensitive taste buds and noses say that the chemical smell reminds them of a swimming pool. Not so great for quenching thirst.
There are also a few other health concerns linked to chlorine — but keep in mind, these concerns typically only occur at higher concentrations, above the CDC recommended range.
The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology notes that consistently showering or bathing in chlorinated water can cause irritant dermatitis in some people. You may see hives, dry skin, and itchy spots. Chlorine can also strip your hair of its natural oils, making it more brittle and dull.
All in all, the germ-killing benefits of chlorine outweigh most of the potential drawbacks.
Get the Best Protection with Pentair Whole House Water Filters
Luckily, you don’t have to choose between filtering chlorine out of your water and taking care of your frustrating hard water problem. Products like the Pentair Salt Softener & Carbon Combo Systems take care of both while providing every tap in your home with better-tasting water. There's even a 5-micron pre-filter to reduce other sediment and debris.
Concerned about a salt-based system? There's good news — Pentair also has a Water Filter & Pelican Water Softener Alternative Combo System. It doesn't require any electricity to operate, and it leaves minerals beneficial to your body. And with no salt refills, this system can save you quite a bit.
With Pentair, you can have it all and never worry again about what’s lurking in your water. Get the water you can trust. Insist on Pentair.