Reduces chlorine, disinfection byproducts, VOCs, pesticides and more in bathing and cooking water.
What You Should Know: Chlorine & Byproducts
The byproducts formed when chlorine reacts with organic matter in your water have been linked to kidney and liver problems and developmental disorders.
Chlorine and chloramines are typically added to city water to reduce illness-causing bacteria. However, once the water reaches your home, it’s important to remove these disinfectants in order to minimize the negative effects of chlorine in water. In your home, the effects of chlorine in water range from the wearing out of laundered clothing to a strong swimming-pool smell. Even worse, the health effects of chlorine in water are intensified when the chlorine in water reacts with microscopic organic matter and trace amounts of pesticides and pharmaceuticals. The resulting disinfection byproducts (DBPs) are often even more dangerous when absorbed through the skin or inhaled by breathing moisture-laden air.*
*Richardson, Susan D. 2007. “Water Analysis: Emerging Contaminants and Current Issues.” Analytical Chemistry. 79(12):4311-4312
Signs of Chlorine & Byproducts
- Cooked or rinsed foods will absorb chlorine and might have an “off” taste
- Bathing water can have a “swimming pool” smell
- Skin and hair can become dry and itchy
- Clothing might not last as long as fibers wear out and colors fade
- Rubber gaskets and seals will deteriorate, causing leaks
- Houseplants might show signs of distress