Chlorine (Cl2) is among the ten highest volume chemicals manufactured in the United States. It is used in many ways such as how Americans rely on chlorine every day to give them safe and disinfected drinking water. Drinking water chlorination has become one of the most significant public health advances of the 20th century. This is proven by the lack of waterborne diseases like typhoid, dysentery and cholera in the United States. It is also used as a part of the sanitation process of sewage and industrial waste.
Many Uses of chlorine
Chlorine does much more than most people realize. Because of its ability to combine and react with other elements and compounds, chlorine is a key building block of modern life. Chlorine does much more than kill microorganisms in the nation's water supply. It also sanitizes many things and is used as a bleaching agent and is found in many of our household cleaning products.
Benefits of Chlorine
- removes unpleasant tastes and odors that usually come from algae and decaying vegetation
- keeps water pipes and filters clean
- eliminates or reduces organic coloration
- destroys hydrogen sulfide and removes ammonia and other compounds that have unpleasant tastes and impede disinfection
- occurs naturally in our blood, skin and teeth. It plays a vital role in the digestive system in the form of hydrochloric acid and enables white blood cells to fight off infections.