If you think that your water smells and tastes like chlorine, you might be right. Chlorine is a disinfectant used to treat city water and keep it safe from bacteria as it travels to your home. The city is required to remove any harmful contaminants and keep them that way as part of their service to you, but no one wants to drink water that smells like a swimming pool.
While chlorine is very important to protect your water from contamination, it is no longer needed when you are using it in your home, and it can cause some troubles in your day-to-day life.
What Are The Negative Effects Of Chlorine?
- It will strip the natural oils that your body needs, which dries out and irritates your skin and hair.
- Chlorinated water accelerates the aging process, similar to too much exposure to the sun.
- The foul taste ruins drinking water and foods that require boiling.
- The harsh smell makes showers and baths uncomfortable to breathe in.
How Do I Fix It?
Luckily chlorine is fairly easy to remove, and Alka Water has various solutions to fit your water conditions’ needs. Even though every municipality needs to treat its water, that does not mean all city water is the same.
If high chlorine levels are your only complaint, a Premium chemical whole home filter with carbon media is a good option to remove chlorine in the water. The carbon will absorb the chemicals to relieve your shower and tap irritation.
City Water has hard water issues and hardness minerals are one of the few things municipalities will not remove from your water. Minerals like calcium pose no health risks, so the city is not required to remove them. These minerals can cause many other issues throughout your home, like scale buildup on your faucets and appliances while on city water. You may also need a water softener to improve your water quality.
If you are dealing with chlorinated city water with high hardness levels, you would normally need to purchase a whole home filter and a water softener. With Alka Water’s 2 in 1 Chlor-A-Soft system, you can remove chlorine from hard water with one system. This media tank is loaded with carbon media to filter the chlorine and soften resin in the bottom to reduce hardness.