The Fontus Guide to Chlorine, Chloramines, and Fluoride in Maine Water
Public utilities frequently add chemicals like chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride to the public water supply. If you’re wondering about what that means for your drinking water, here’s the low-down on some of the most common additives.
Chlorine in drinking water
In Maine, 48% of water consumed by the public comes from surface water, including lakes and streams. Chlorine is added to the water supply to disinfect it and kill any bacteria or other contaminants that might get in on the way to your house.
If you’ve your drinking water’s smell or taste reminds you of swimming pool water, you are most likely drinking chlorinated water.
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 and no harmful health effects are likely to occur.
But, while chlorine is not harmful at safe levels, once water has reached your home or office, chlorine’s job is complete and there’s really no need for you to be consuming it. If you’d like to thank it for a job well done and remove it from your supply, call Fontus for a free phone consultation.
Chloramine in drinking water
Chloramines are a group of chemical compounds that contain chlorine and ammonia. Like chlorine, chloramine is used as a disinfectant to prevent waterborne disease in drinking water.
Water treated with chloramines has less of a “chlorine” taste. However, chloramine can change the chemical properties of the water, affecting lead and copper pipes and leaching lead and copper into your 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 and no harmful health effects are likely to occur.
Like chlorine, the job of chloramine is over once water reaches your home faucet and there’s really no reason to drink it. If you’d like to remove it from your water before you drink it, Fontus can help. Simply give us a call for a free phone consultation.
Fluoride in drinking water
Fluoride has been shown to prevent tooth decay and is added to drinking water as a public health service. However, not everyone wants to drink it. If you prefer to get your fluoride from toothpaste, mouth rinses, or other fluoride-containing products, Fontus can help. Give us a call for a free phone consultation.
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If you’d like to remove chemicals that have been added to your drinking water, give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.
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.