Emergency Water Treatment – How Much Chlorine?

Across the land, from time-to-time, various municipalities have had boil alerts for their drinking water. When the alerts have to do with bacteria, it is probably a good idea to also add some chlorine (from household bleach) to the water you are going to drink. While the amount of chlorine required to kill bacteria varies, depending on how contaminated it is, in general the contamination of local municipal water supplies…

Can Technology Effectively Remove Bacteria without Chlorine?

I was asked this question on another forum and thought it would be worth discussing here. First off, this question raises a few questions that must be answered before a proper answer on this end can be given to. Let’s look a bit deeper. The phrase “effectively remove” is relative. By effectively, do we mean strictly the technical performance of bacterial removal? Or do we mean effective in the sense…

Trihalomethane – Self Inflicted Cancer?

Have you ever heard of the water contaminant called Trihalomethane (THM)? THMs are a believed to be precursors to cancer. It is a contaminant frequently found in drinking water, and, get this, it gets into our water by a direct and purposeful disinfection process carried out by most municipal water plants. Am I saying our water plants purposely introduce potential carcinogens into our water? Well, yes, and no. Let me…