If you are one of over 200 million Americans bathing in chlorinated water each day, then listen up. Don’t assume this doesn’t include you, because today, over 98 percent of U.S.municipal water systems treat water with chlorine-based disinfectants. With all of the bottled water hype and diligence to assure our drinking water is filtered and safe, there is little attention being placed on our bathing water. Hence, most people are only addressing half of the problem. The concern with bathing in chlorine treated water is that – although effective at killing biological agents such as germs, bacteria and viruses – chlorine reacts with organic matter in raw water to form disinfection by-products (DBP’s). These DBP’s include haloacetic acids (HAA’s) and trihalomethanes (THMs) – the most common being chloroform, a carcinogen. All of this in addition to chlorine’s link to breast, kidney and bladder cancer.
Additionally, if you bathe or shower in unfiltered tap water, then you are absorbing chlorine directly into your body. After all, our skin is our largest organ and for most people, 50% of their daily exposure to chlorine is coming from bathing water. Why? Because, chlorine isn’t just absorbed dermally. In a hot, steamy shower, chlorine vaporizes and is inhaled directly into the lungs; which can also be an asthmatic trigger.
Did You Know? Chloroform [a known carcinogen] levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential water. ~Dr. Lance Wallace, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)