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chlorine in water

Most of us have gone swimming in a pool filled with too much chlorine before.  This is fine, but did you know that chlorine might be in your drinking water? Chlorine enters drinking water a few different ways. The gas and liquid forms of chlorine are water additives used by public water systems to control microbes. It has the lowest operating costs for continuous disinfection operations. It also enters drinking water as chlorine dioxide, another water additive used to control tastes and odors.

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We have been told to not drink from the tap time and time again. If you are ignoring what everybody has ever told you about tap water, you shouldn’t. Hot water dissolves contaminants quicker than cold water. Homes and apartment buildings contain many lead pipes. This lead has the capability to seep into water and potentially cause brain and nervous system damage. These dangers are especially more risky for children.

Lead may not be frequently found in source water, but it can pollute clean water though corroded plumbing. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that older homes are at a higher risk to have lead pipes and fixtures. You may think new plumbing is indefinitely better, but even “lead-free” advertised plumbing can still contain up to 8 percent lead. In 2002, The Journal of Environmental Health discovered that tap water represented 14 to 20 percent of the total lead exposure.

The risk may be small, but it is something homeowners should be aware of. To minimize the risk, the EPA says that using cold tap water for preparing food for infants, cooking, and drinking should be the norm at home. Also important to keep in mind is that boiling water doesn’t always remove lead but can actually increase its concentration. The bottom line is, don’t use hot water from the tap for drinking or cooking.

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Magnesium and calcium are common in soil and on their own these minerals are really for the most part harmless.  However, when dissolved in our water supply they create hard water that can cause damage to your skin, hair and home.

There are many benefits to ensuring you have soft water in your home. Here are five of them:

Cleaner Dishes
Notice spots on your dishes and glasses? These are hard water deposits. When hard water comes in contact with heat in your dishwasher, the minerals in the water are released and deposited on the surface of your dishes living those spots.

Brighter Clothes
The same mineral deposits that can leave your laundry harsh and scratchy can also make your clothes appear more dingy. The hard water deposits may also mix with stains already present on clothes, further harming them.

Smoother Skin
After a shower or bath in hard water, your skin may be dry and itchy. Soft water is easier on your body and leaves your skin softer and smoother.

Better Showers
Soft water can actually make your shower experience better. Many showerheads with hard water become clogged, altering the spray pattern and diminishing the water pressure. This does not happen with soft water.

Fewer Clogs
Plumbing with soft water will last longer than plumbing with hard water, which  can cause a buildup of scale and mineral deposits that cause clogs and reduce the water pressure in your home.