GoGreenNation: Our water purification system is causing unexpected problems for drinking supplies. I’d like to set up a cistern to collect and filter rain water instead of depending on massive municipal water treatment programs.
“The process of disinfecting water with chlorine and chloramines and other types of disinfectants generates a class of compounds in the water that are called disinfection byproducts. The disinfectant reacts with the organic material in the water and generates hundreds of different compounds. Some of these are toxic, some can cause birth defects, some are genotoxic, which damage DNA, and some we know are also carcinogenic.”