The Chlorine Dioxide Molecule
Is it really as powerful as they say?...
Well, you may be Surprised...
Chlorine Dioxide as a Water Purification Product and Safe Water Treatment Chemical
Chlorine Dioxide is a compound that has been used to treat municipal drinking water in the United States and Europe for over 50 years. It is recognised as a superior water disinfectant alternative to chlorine and has become increasingly popular as a water purification treatment. Chlorine is being phased out due to growing concerns over its carcinogenic by-products, principally trihalomethanes (THMs). Similarly other halogens such as fluorine, bromine and iodine, some of which have been used in water treatment situations by consumers, are recognised as having unhealthy by-products. Iodine in particular, has been recognised as affecting the thyroid gland. Unlike chlorine, chlorine dioxide does not create THMs.
In the U.S, the Safe Water Drinking Act and its subsequent amendments over the last 20 years have required dramatic improvements in the quality of municipal drinking water. These stringent new requirements have increased the use of chlorine dioxide in the U.S. while decreasing the use of chlorine as a water treatment chemical. Using chlorine dioxide provides a double benefit to communities because it is a more effective water purifier than chlorine and is free of chlorine's unhealthy by-products.
The following video clip outlines the efficacy of the compound chlorine dioxide against a number of modern antagonists to the health of our human physiology. Its a well worth watch.
ClO2 is effective against the following water contaminants:
- Organic Contaminants - ClO2 completely eliminates and treats the following contaminants: Viruses, water bacteria, giardia, botulism cryptosporidium, e. coli and cholera.
- Carcinogenic Substances - Pollutants found in waste water, cyanides in wastewater, nitrites and sulfides, 3,4-benzopyrene, iron and manganese in water, tastes and odors produced by algae, the dyes produced by chlorophyll and plants, pesticides.
Treatment Chemical Advantages
- Chlorine Dioxide does not produce THMs as chlorine does, and doesn't give rise to the formation of chloroform and bromochloromethane as chlorine does.
- Chlorine Dioxide does not react with ammonia, nitrogenous compounds or precursors to form chloroform as chlorine does.