Water purification side effects?

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Tom89

Tenderfoot
Jul 23, 2013
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England
Hi, does anyone know if there is any potential health problems with long term use of the chlorine based water purification tablets? Just to give a better idea, I may be needing them for 16 days at a time, 4 days off and repeated for up to 6 months. Cheers
 

polymathproducts

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Long term effects of water chlorination are very much debatable.

There are long term side effects of chlorine consumption but it is generally being regarded as relatively low risk and certainly the benefits outweigh the risks of drinking untreated, suspect water.
If used appropriately, left to stand for enough time I doubt there is much danger to health in using the tablets for that time.

Possibly get a physical filtration device if you are concerned?

When I talk of long term side effects there are some studies that suggest lifetime chlorinated water consumption (i.e tap water) may lead to increased bladder cancer, thyroid hormone disruption (as iodine and chlorine are both halogens) but if you look into it is no massive effect and obviously it makes sense for tap water to be chlorinated as opposed to everyone ending up with nasty waterborne illnesses all the time.
Tablet treated water will be higher in chlorine than water at the tap, but if it's for a 6 month period I can't imagine too much harm.

From what I remember it isn't chlorine itself that has negative effects, Instead it is compounds formed within the water, trihalomethanes IIRC.

I don't have any qualms about drinking tap water, or using purification tablets if I needed to.
 
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Tom89

Tenderfoot
Jul 23, 2013
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England
Cheers mate, yeah I'm aiming to get a proper purification system before I go but I'm going to take chlorine tabs as a back up in case it breaks etc.
cheers
 

Bluffer

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Apr 12, 2013
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North Yorkshire
From what I remember it isn't chlorine itself that has negative effects, Instead it is compounds formed within the water, trihalomethanes IIRC.
If the source water contains a lot of suspended solids/organic matter, then greater quantities of compounds will be formed.

Tom, if you haven't already got something sorted out I would advise a Katadyn Hiker Pro and some chlorine diox tablets as a foolproof system.