Pros And Cons Of Chlorine  

by Pool Builders on 11-16-2011 in Articles

Some people are extremely opposed to the addition of chlorine to tap water, even if they concur with its use in swimming pool water, but there those who disagree with using it in pools too.

However, the government must have its reasons for adding chlorine to our all-purpose water supply, so in this article, we will look at the pros and cons of chlorine.

Choline is an element and its name in Ancient Greek means 'light green'. It has been known for millenia and in its most ubiquitous form it is encountered as sodium chloride, which is better known as table salt. We consume it in and on our food every day. It is a food taste enhancer, but in excess, it is blamed for corpulence because of water retention and high blood pressure.

Chlorine can be smelled and in its gaseous state, chlorine was used to gas soldiers in the trenches of the First World War. However, chlorine comes in numerous compounds and even compounds of compounds and so is easy to become confused.

It is an oxidizer and so can be utilized as a bleach and thus as a disinfectant. Hence its use in swimming pools and toilets. Then again, it has also been blamed for rising into the upper atmosphere and thinning the ozone layer.

The fact of the matter is that, in its most native, pure, elemental state, chlorine is highly poisonous, but on the other hand, it is crucial to most types of life including human life. In short, it is a hazardous but crucial chemical.

Hydrochloric acid is one of the most hazardous acids on the planet but has many industrial applications, such as the manufacture of some plastics and food additives, good and bad.

Without hydrochloric acid in your stomach, you would have a difficult time digesting your food because it is a small but necessary percentage of your gastric acid.

Chlorine binds with most items to form compounds and so it is no surprise that it creates compounds with minerals derived from the soil by rivers and finds its way down to the sea.

Chlorine is responsible, in compounds, for the salty taste of the sea and thereby the cleanliness of the sea despite all the natural waste that is put it in by fish and mammals. It keeps their environment in a state that can support life. Humans have lived off the produce of the sea for tens of thousands of years.

Chlorine is used in our potable water in the guise of hypochlorous acid. As a killer of bacteria, chlorine is six times more effective than iodine. Having said that, it reacts badly with proteins like human skin and hair, because it is a vigorous oxidizer.

Being such a vigorous oxidizer also means that it can be utilized to form explosive mixtures which is why people are normally recommended on the containers not to mix cleaning compounds at home.

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