Chlorine chemistry is essential to public health. The germ-busting properties of chlorine disinfectants help provide safe drinking water and sanitation, clean swimming pools and safe food production. A quick turn of the tap and there it is—clean, flowing water to drink, cook with, bathe in. It is so readily available that we forget that obtaining water for daily living was once a time-consuming task that did not always yield healthy results.
Public Water Systems
Before cities began routinely treating drinking water, including disinfecting it with chlorine, thousands perished every year from waterborne scourges such as cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery and hepatitis A. Today, worldwide, significant strides in public health and the quality of life are directly linked to the adoption of drinking water chlorination.
Wastewater may be defined as the flow of used water from a community. It includes all that drains from the kitchen sink, tub, toilet, shower and laundry, and from various industrial and commercial sources. Wastewater treatment, including the wide use of chlorine disinfectants, is an important public health measure that helps protect us from exposure to harmful germs after treated, used water is returned to waterways.
Nothing refreshes like a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. Swimming pools provide fun, exercise and welcome relief from high temperatures. Spas and hot tubs are increasingly popular for the therapeutic relaxation they provide. But unless water disinfectant levels are properly managed, a dip in the pool or spa can result in illness, such as diarrhea, swimmers’ ear or skin rashes, including athlete’s foot.
Used properly, chlorine pool and spa disinfectants help keep our recreational waters safe by destroying the waterborne pathogens that can ruin our pool and spa experiences.
Keeping Drinking Water Safe:
Keeping Pools Healthy:
Keeping Drinking Water Safe in an Emergency: