Byproducts of the Water Purification Process

Using chemicals to lower the amount of contaminants in water is somewhat effective, but the byproducts that occur from these processes can create another set of health risks altogether. These byproducts are produced when purification disinfectants, such as chlorine, react with natural compounds in the water.

This article will address the four most common byproducts that come from adding chemicals to water. These byproducts are:


Very few of us are at risk for short-term health problems from ingesting these disinfection byproducts, but medical researchers are far more concerned about what problems may occur after decades of exposure.

Chlorine and other disinfectants have been very successful at removing the pathogens that cause typhus, cholera, amebic dysentery, and other maladies that have plagued mankind for centuries. But science has yet to determine the full scope of how these disinfectant byproducts impact human health.

Some studies have referred to the drinking water in our cities and towns as �chemical cocktails� due to the variety of substances commonly found in a glass of tap water. While these byproducts are well down the list of dangerous water contaminants, they certainly remain a cause for concern.