What is Chlorine?

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011 05:32PM CDT
Chlorine is a chemical element - you may remember it from high school chemistry as atomic number 17 from the periodic table. Chlorine has been used by water treatment plants in the U.S. since the early 1900's because it is a very powerful disinfectant. It kills deadly germs and microorganisms that might otherwise cause life-threatening waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.

So, Chlorine is a good thing... as long as you don't mind the bad taste and odor that comes along with it - remember the last time you swam at the neighborhood pool? The good news is that your refrigerator filter will remove the Chlorine just before you drink the water. It's the best of both worlds really... your drinking water is safe AND tasty!

Chlorine is removed by all carbon based filters.

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