If you live in the Los Angeles area, the water coming out of your tap has traveled a very long way. The Metropolitan Water District does an outstanding job sending it down the California aqueduct to your local water distribution plant where it is treated with chlorine and pumped to your home.
We are fortunate to have one of the best water infrastructures in the world and I believe they do the best they can to provide safe clean water to the public; however there will always be trace amounts of things that one should not ingest such as: arsenic, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, infectious organisms, chlorine and chlorine by products.
The chlorine in your tap water is a necessary evil; it keeps us safe from infectious organisms that would otherwise thrive in our plumbing. Chlorine, while doing a terrific job killing microbes, forms toxic chemicals called organochlorines, (also referred to as disinfection byproducts) several of which are known carcinogens and mutagens. The EPA has set standards for trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids which are two groups of organochlorines. There are hundreds of known organochlorines yet many times that number remains unidentified.
Drinking chlorinated water has been linked to many health problems such as miscarriages, arterial sclerosis and gastrointestinal disease. Industrial chemists J.P. Berez, PhD showed that chlorinated water alters and destroys essential fatty acids (EFAs), the building blocks of people’s brains and central nervous systems. The compound hypochlorite, created when chlorine mixes with water, generates excess free radicals. Free radicals oxidize EFAs turning them rancid. Bathing in chlorinated water might be even worse than drinking it. A ten minute shower will give you a bigger dose of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride then drinking eight glasses of the same water. Also the inhalation of chlorinated steam is an even quicker route for these chemicals to enter your body.
There are several very affordable methods of removing chlorine byproducts and other contaminants. See “Treatment Systems” also see links for “Videos” and “Articles”.