Water Disinfection: Then and Now

Our friends at Water and Health wrote a quick post a few days back about a The Chlorine Revolution, a book detailing the beginning days of water disinfection.  The craziest part is that it really hasn’t changed that much over the past 100 years.

We complain about chlorine around here a lot.  It is pretty nasty stuff.  

There have been numerous collapses in pool facilities where the gas has corroded stainless steel.  It eats apart the media in water softeners.  So it really shouldn’t come as a big surprise that it is also tied to skin irritation and other issues.  That was sort of the logic when the Germans deployed it as a chemical weapon during World War I.

That would be the war that started 100 years ago this year.  

By the time that chlorine has reached your home, it has done its job.  You’re not fighting trench warfare.  Odds are that you aren’t fighting off typhoid.   You’re bathing, washing, and drinking.

You have the ability to remove this remaining chlorine in a few different ways.  These include whole-house dechlorination.  We absolutely filter it via our drinking systems.  For true disinfection, we can blast the water with ultraviolet light and offer a real barrier against chlorine-resistant pathogens like cryptosporidium and giardia.

Hit the quick quote on this page to start a quick conversation about a modern disinfection strategy for your family’s water.

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