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#75199 - 10/21/06 09:38 AM side-effects from water-purification tablets??
JIM Offline
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Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1028
Loc: The Netherlands
Can there be side-effects from the long-term drinking of water that has been treated with water- purification tablets??
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#75200 - 10/21/06 12:18 PM Re: side-effects from water-purification tablets??
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Registered: 12/10/01
Posts: 1272
Loc: Upper Mississippi River Valley...

Possibly. All depend on powerful oxidizers to destroy pathogens - iodine or chlorine for the most part (or chlorine dioxide, which, in the end, has some of the same byproducts as straight chlorine reactions). And the typical "dose" used in our settings is much higher than typical munincipal water as delivered at the tap for various logical reasons.

Clearly THMs are possible byproducts - you decide for yourself if that is a concern. I suppose the most likely method to cause side effects from continuous long term use of chemical water purification is iodine based disinfection. I have no idea what effect - some sensitivity? Thyroid effects?

Having said that, I used iodine treated water exclusively for weeks, sometimes months at a time over many years with no discernable side effects.

I have no concerns about using chemical purification. Long history tells us that the benefits (vastly reduced disease) greatly outweigh the risks (to be determined).



AFAIK presently there is no practical portable ozone purification method available, as ozone is pretty "unnatural" and requires high energy (ultimately electrical, although short wavelength light can do it) to create ozone - not any chemical reaction. Some munincipal plants use ozone treatment partially or wholly - more in Europe than the USA. It's an expensive way to go at a plant. Logically, ozone based would make the fewest (if any) byproducts that could cause us problems. Short wavelength EMR, like the UV Steri-Pen work through a variety of mechanisms, but a SIMPLE look would suggest no potentially harmful byprodcuts. Full truth more complex, but again, this is pretty much undetectable statistically. UV is otherwise like O3 - pretty much fixed plant and AFAIK, not used as the sole means of purification - energy costs for UV purification are too high for most plants.

Use your chemicals, eh? Beats getting whacked by some little nasty in your drinking water.

#75201 - 10/21/06 07:40 PM Re: side-effects from water-purification tablets??
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 953
Loc: East Tennessee near Bristol
Water treatment plants in the US are required to have a minimum residual disinfectant content at the farthest tap from the plant. This helps with any contamination that might occur due to a broken water line. Ozone doesn't provide the residual so some chlorination is applied after treatment if O3 is used. ClO2 & O3 are expensive compared to bubbling Chlorine through the water even though they are more effective as disinfectants.

#75202 - 10/21/06 08:55 PM Re: side-effects from water-purification tablets??
billym Offline

Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 616
Loc: Oakland, California
Iodine should not be used for more than 30 days at a time otherwise it may affect your Thyroid.

Chlorine -dioxide leaves no residual chemicals in the water so you should be able to use it indefinitely.

Edited by billym (10/21/06 08:57 PM)


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