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Disinfectant Byproducts

Disinfectant byproducts may be harmful to the health of certain groups of people. Trihalomethanes are produced when chlorine and chloramine react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic materials. Some people who drink the water containing these trihalomethanes over many years may have liver, kidney, and central nervous system problems, or an increased risk of cancer.

Haloacetic acids are produced when chlorine and chloramine react with naturally occurring organic and inorganic materials. Some people who drink this water over many years have an increased risk of cancer.

Bromate is produced when there are bromides in the water and they react with ozone. Some people who drink this water over many years have an increased risk of cancer.

Chlorites appear when chlorine dioxide breaks down. Some infants and young children who drink water with excessive amounts of chlorites have nervous system effects. These effects may also occur in the fetuses of pregnant women. Some people get anemia.

 
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