USING CHLORINE FOR WATER TREATMENT CAUSES UNINTENDED SIDE EFFECT
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) when chlorine is used as a disinfectant to kill illness and disease causing microorganisms in contaminated source water, an unintended side effect is occurring. The chlorine is reacting with carbon-based waste and rotting organic materials like manure, dead animals and plants, and leaves, forming toxic chemical disinfection byproducts known as trihalomethanes
. Although, the EPA referes to trihalomethanes as "probable" human carcinogen, they are considered to be a "known" carcinogen by California officials. The EWG refers to these byproducts as TOXIC TRASH.
Here is an excerpt from the EWG article February 2013:
Water Treatment Contaminants: Forgotten Toxics in American Water
"This unintended side effect of chlorinating water to meet federal drinking water regulations creates a family of chemicals known as trihalomethanes.
The Environmental Protection Agency lumps them under the euphemism “disinfection byproducts” but we call them what they are: toxic trash..
Scientists suspect that trihalomethanes in drinking water may cause thousands of cases of bladder cancer every year. These chemicals have also been linked to colon and rectal cancer, birth defects, low birth weight and miscarriage (NHDES 2006)."