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  •  Chlorine has safety issues..... (4+ / 0-)

    and can be used for terrorism.  Chlorine gas is dangerous.  Not sure what they chose for you, but would be interested to know.

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    by murrayewv on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 11:20:30 AM PST

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    •  Chlorine gas is not used for water treatment (10+ / 0-)

      That would be horribly dangerous and probably not effective. The 'chlorine' in chlorinated water is just low concentrations of hypochlorite ions from dissolved sodium or calcium hypochlorite. Not entirely harmless, but not a major terrorism concern either.

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      by kyril on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 01:08:11 PM PST

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    •  my town out west used to use gas chlorine, has (4+ / 0-)

      switched to "chloramine" for a number of reasons. None of which appear to have anything to do with human health...

      This town has a pristine mountain watershed and the water used to taste great. Now, depending on the time of year and the amount of construction activity between the plant and our house, my eyes sometimes water from just running the tap, let alone the shower! So we now filter all drinking water and the shower head has a filter. Only filtered water for ice cubes and the tea-water, too -- you can't boil chloramines out, the way gas chlorine will dissipate out of the water over time...

      AND the pond water, so we don't kill our gambujia before they can eat the mosquito larvae! Well, we collect roof run-off and use it in the pond, but sometimes you need to supplement from the hose, so we have a chloramine conversion something for those occasions.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 01:11:29 PM PST

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    •  charcoal filtration, as it turns out. (1+ / 0-)
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      Facing citizen pressure, the water authority backed off its original chloramines plan and went with a more expensive charcoal filtration plan, but it's still not complete. The plant uses other chemicals as well. The thing about living in a town with a fairly vigorous media and enough money to choose the expensive plan, is that you wonder what goes on in towns with fewer journalists, less activism and lower revenue (or wasted revenue). This place is pretty far behind the Northeast and West Coast, but there is public pressure and even activism. Even so, I don't know what's in the water. The journalists aren't that great! :) Here's an idea of what went on:
      (The "hybrid" plan mentioned in the article turned out to be not much cheaper than charcoal-only. Yet there's a whole other level of chemicals used in the treatment before it gets to this stage.)

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