Chlorine in Water


Chlorine is added as part of the drinking water treatment process, as a disinfectant to reduce or eliminate microorganisms. Drinking water supplies have been greatly improved by the addition of chlorine.

Disinfecting our drinking water ensures it is free of bacteria and viruses that can cause serious and life-threatening diseases, such as cholera and typhoid fever. Chlorine remains the most commonly used drinking water disinfectant, and the disinfectant for which we have the most scientific information.

Symptom: “My water tastes like I’m drinking from a swimming pool”

Along with a taste and odor that many find offensive, chlorine also reacts with organic matter in water. This chemical reaction forms a group of chemicals known as chlorination by-products. The most common of these by-products are trihalomethanes (THMs). The amount of THMs found in drinking water depends on a number of factors, including the season and the source of the water.

Several studies have found a link between long-term exposure to high levels of chlorination by-products and a higher risk of human cancer. For instance, a recent study showed an increased risk of bladder and possibly colon cancer in people who drank chlorinated water for 35 years or more.

High levels of THMs may also have an effect on pregnancy. A California study found that pregnant women who drank large amounts of tap water with high THMs had an increased risk of miscarriage. These studies do not prove that there is a link between THMs and cancer or miscarriage. However, they do show the need for further research in this area to confirm potential health effects.

We do water right the Safeway Twin Tank System

Once chlorine has done its job in suppressing virus and bacteria growth, treat chlorine taste and odor with the Safeway twin tank system. The twin tank system not only filters dirt and sediment from your water; it also softens your water and reduces aesthetic chlorine to a nominal amount. One of the reasons the twin tank system is far superior to the water Max is that our smallest system has 3 times as much carbon as the Water Max and to give it long life it is also is backwashed with salt.

It is important to note that everyone’s water supply can be different. Contact us for a complete analysis of your water supply. This allows us to customize your water treatment system to your specific needs.

We now offer well systems using Hydrogen Peroxide instead of chlorine or bleach. The results are outstanding with:

  • LESS maintenance to the system,
  • LONGER useful life on the carbon,

Current chlorination systems can be converted to Hydrogen peroxide. The cost for this conversion in most cases in minimal.