What Is the Safe Level of Chlorine in Drinking Water?

Written by rachel lucio Google
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
What Is the Safe Level of Chlorine in Drinking Water?
Drinking Water (glass with water and bubble image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Up to 98 per cent of water treatment facilities in the United States use some form of chlorination process to clean their drinking water supply. Chlorine was first used in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1908 in an effort to reduce waterborne infectious disease.

Other People Are Reading

Acceptable Chlorine to Water Ratio

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the regulation standard for drinking water throughout the country. According to the EPA, the acceptable ratio of chlorine to water is four parts chlorine per million of water.

Concerns About Chlorine

Concerns regarding chlorine levels in drinking water surround long-term exposure to the chemical and its potential to cause cancer. The EPA claims that the risk associated with exposure to regulation amounts of chlorine present in drinking water are minute and that the benefits outweigh the risk.

What It Does

Chlorine is a chemical disinfectant that is added to the drinking water supply to kill bacteria, germs, parasites and viruses that can make people sick. It is administered either in liquid or tablet form.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.