What is Chlorine?
Chlorine is essentially a chemical element that comes can come in the form of a solid, gas or liquid. Chlorine gas can be mixed with water in order to disinfect the water to a degree. Municipalities across Canada and the United States of America tend to inject chlorine into the water in order to kill bacteria (Coliforms, E.coli etc) and microbiological organisms (Giardia). The use of chemicals is successful in eliminating these contaminants, however there are some potential side effects to this approach.
How Can I Filter Chlorine from My Water?
Reverse Osmosis Water System
One option to removing chlorine from the water is a Reverse Osmosis System. Systems like our Canadian Assembled Vectapure NX 5 Stage 75GPD Reverse Osmosis System filters/reduces Chlorine along with THMs (Trihalomethanes), Fluoride, and Amonia from your drinking water. R.O systems use a process in order to filter these contaminants from the water and dispose of it through a drain. For example, the 5 stage system filters water through a 5 micron sediment filter, a 10 micron carbon filter, a 5 micron inline carbon filter and finally the water passes through 0.003 micron membrane. The treated water then goes to a pressure tank in order to store the R.O water and finally passess an inline polishing carbon filter. The Reverse Osmosis water (with a Total Dissolved Solids rating of less than 10 parts per million) is supplied to a faucet, and or refrigerator. This is generally the most effecient way of removing chlorine from your drinking water.
Automatic Backwashing Carbon Filter
Inline housing filters are another option to removing chlorine from your water. Housing units like our Big Blue 10 inch Whole House Filter Housing are a cheaper alternative to removing chlorine from the whole house. They can be installed easily in the basement, or wherever your water comes in, and can hold standard carbon filters like the EPM-BB 10 Micron Carbon Filter (along with sediment filters, specialty filters etc). The inline housing filters also come in a variety of sizes to meet each individuals needs. The issue with using inline filters to filters chlorine is that the filters may need to be changed too often which can cost you too much money and time in the long run. In some instances, customers only have to change the filter semi-annually, however in most cases even the 20 inch carbon filters installed as a post-filter only lasted a month before needing to be replaced.