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Posts tagged "disinfection byproducts"

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are everywhere. From industry, agriculture, transportation, and everyday household products–once VOCs contaminate drinking water, they can be hard to remove. Learn what VOCs are, how to detect them, the health risks, and how can you protect your water against VOC contamination.

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Water treatment is essential for protecting us from waterborne diseases, but disinfectants like chlorine can lead to dangerous byproducts in your home’s water called haloacetic acids (HAA5). In this piece, we ask: what are HAA5, how do they form, what are the potential health effects, and how to remove them from your water?

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It is widely agreed upon that chlorine is a much needed addition to water. However, it is also commonly understood that trihalomethanes (THMs) can form when excess chlorine reacts with organic matter–which may present some serious health concerns. Find out answers to some of the most common THM-related questions.

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Despite the EPA's tireless effort to identify chemicals that may pose health risks, keeping up with the industry production of chemicals and their release into the environment is a never-ending game of catch-up. Find out more about the Contaminant Candidate List and learn why so many chemicals remain unstudied and unregulated. 

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While most people don’t notice the effects of chlorine in their drinking water, some people are sensitive even to low levels of chlorinated water. If you are sensitive to chlorine, what can you do? 

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