The Fontus Guide to Chlorine, Chloramines, and Fluoride in Maine Water
Public utilities frequently add chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride to the public water supply. Maine is no exception. However, drinking these chemicals is entirely optional. So it doesn’t sound like you should consume these chemicals, does it? Fontus explains these common additives and their job in the public water supply.
Chlorine in drinking water
In Maine, 48% of water consumed by the public comes from surface water, including lakes and streams. So, chlorine is added to the water supply to disinfect the surface water and kill bacteria or other contaminants. After all, clean water is the goal.
We’ve all thought, at some point, that some water smells or tastes like a swimming pool. This is common in cities, who treat drinking water with chlorine.
According to the CDC, chlorine levels up to 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L or 4 parts per million (ppm) are considered safe in drinking water. In short, no harmful health effects are likely to occur. However, chlorine’s job is complete once the water has reached your home or office. So there’s really no need to be consuming chlorine. Not to mention it wreaks havoc on your skin, hair, and nails. If you’d like to thank chlorine for a job well done and remove chlorine from your supply, it’s time to call Fontus.
Chloramine in drinking water
Chloramines are a group of chemical compounds that contain chlorine and ammonia. Likewise chlorine, chloramine is used as a disinfectant to prevent waterborne diseases in drinking water. According to the CDC, chloramine levels, up to 4 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or 4 parts per million (ppm), are considered safe in drinking water. Subsequently, no harmful health effects are likely to occur at this rate.
Certainly, water treated with chloramines has less of a “chlorine” taste. However, chloramine can change the water’s chemical properties. It’s imperative to understand that chloramine affects lead and copper pipes, leaching lead and copper into your water!
Like chlorine, the job of chloramine is over once the water reaches your home faucet, and there’s really no reason to consume chloramine. Instead, give us a call for a free phone consultation for your options.
Fluoride in drinking water
Fluoride historically is added to a water supply because it has been shown to prevent tooth decay. In addition, it’s added to drinking water as a public health service. However, not everyone wants to drink it. But, if you’d prefer to get your fluoride from toothpaste or other fluoride-containing products, Fontus can help. Give us a call for a free phone consultation.
Chlorine Chloramines and Fluoride in Maine Water can be removed
So, if you’d like to remove chemicals that have been added to your drinking water, call the experts at Fontus. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.
How Fontus Can Help – Schedule a no-obligation phone consultation
Give us a call (207) 856-0066; we’ll be right out to provide a free immediate-response water test.
What is a free immediate-response water test?
An immediate-response water test is a test done onsite, getting your results immediately. This test detects iron, manganese, hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, alkalinity, salinity, and copper present in your water. By the end of our appointment, you’ll have all your questions answered. And, most importantly, you’ll have a plan in hand to make sure your water is clean and pure.
In short, taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email [email protected] to speak with the water treatment specialists at Fontus Water Treatment.
You Can Trust Fontus Water Treatment To Stay by Your Side
At Fontus, we’re passionate about water purity. We pride ourselves on being reliable, hassle-free, and always available. For example, as the environment and your water change, we’re here to help evaluate your water through testing, installation, and maintenance. Above all, you can trust Fontus to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office.
The Fontus Triple Test Promise
We want all our customers to feel 100% satisfied with our systems, so we’ve created the Fontus Triple Test Promise.
We’ll test your home or business water supply for aesthetic issues, including hardness, iron, pH, etc. using an immediate-response test and make sure you understand all findings.
If needed, we’ll also send a water sample to the Maine State Certified Laboratory to confirm any findings and test for bacteria, viruses, and hazardous chemicals.
After your new system is in place, we’ll test your water supply again to make sure your problem is solved. It’s our way of helping you feel confident that your drinking water is safe and clean.