Thousands of American municipalities add chlorine to their drinking water to become free from microbes and kill bacteria in our drinking water. But this affordable and notably effective disinfectant in addition interacts with organic compounds to originate trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). THMs and HAAs are trained by reactions between chlorine and organic material such as humic acids and fulvic acids (both made from the decay of organic matter) to originate halogenated organics. —which when ingested encourage the growth of free radicals that can destroy or hurt vital cells in the body.
Recent studies have shown that chlorine and its by-products boost the risk of creating malignant melanoma, bowel, breast and bladder cancer.
Researchers have discovered links between usual chlorine disinfectant and breast cancer, which impacts one out of every 8 American women. A recent study conducted in Hartford, Connecticut discovered that women with breast cancer have 50-60 percent higher levels of organochlorines (chlorine by-products) in their breast tissue than cancer-free women. The fact of the matter is that if you live anywhere where the water is being treated with Chlorine you can inexpensively erase the risk of your exposure to it by installing a carbon-based filter containing activated carbon, which absorbs chlorine and other contaminants.
Activated carbon surface properties are both hydrophobic and oleophilic; that is, they “hate” water but “love” oil. When flow conditions are satisfactory, dissolved chemicals in water flowing through the carbon surface “stick” to the carbon in a thin film while the water passes on. This process is called adsorption.
As a result of the adsorption process, activated carbon is a tested method in removing chlorine and it’s by-products (TTHM’s) and volatile organic compounds (carbon based VOC’s), both, man-made and easily occurring. Activated carbon is a natural material derived from bituminous coal, lignite, wood, coconut shell etc., activated by steam and other signifies and each one have different adsorption properties (e.g. bituminous carbon for high chlorine reduction capacity). A few manufacturers use a countless blends of carbon to acomplish specific water quality and contaminants reduction (e.g. coconut shell carbon for “sweet taste”).