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Tap Water Contamination: Chlorine


Detecting and Treating Chlorine in Water

Chlorine is frequently found, at least in trace amounts, in municipal water sources. Some people are more sensitive to chlorine than others.

What is it?

Chlorine is a common disinfectant used in water treatment to eliminate harmful bacteria and ensure the safety of drinking water. It’s important to note that most municipal water treatment plants monitor residual chlorine levels and maintain them at safe levels.

However, if you’re concerned about the chlorine levels in your drinking water, you can contact U.S. Water about a filtration system that can remove the residual chlorine.

Where does it come from?

Chlorine is added to public water supplies to kill bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. It effectively prevents the spread of waterborne diseases, providing a crucial layer of protection. However, some individuals may be sensitive to the taste or odor of chlorine in their tap water.

Is it a health hazard?

In terms of health, the levels of chlorine typically used in water treatment are considered safe for consumption. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for chlorine levels in drinking water to ensure that it remains within acceptable limits. The benefits of chlorine in preventing waterborne illnesses generally outweigh any potential drawbacks.

When should I test?

If the taste or odor of chlorine in your tap water is a concern, there are ways to address it. Letting water sit in an open container in the refrigerator for a short time can allow chlorine to dissipate. Alternatively, U.S. Water has filters specifically designed to reduce chlorine taste and odor.

If my water tests positive, what should I do next?

If you have concerns or notice a strong chlorine taste or smell in your water, contact our certified lab for testing.

The Right Solution Starts with an Accurate Test

man holding flask while testing water

U.S. Water offers comprehensive well water testing services through itsWisconsin state-certified water testing lab. This ensures the most accurate testing and, with our test facility onsite, you are guaranteed a fast turnaround time. In addition to our basic analysis, we offer a full range of certified water tests and well inspection services.

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