Toxic Effects Of Chlorine

The toxicity of chlorine residuals to aquatic life has been well documented. Studies indicate that at chlorine concentrations in excess of 0.01 mg/1, serious hazard to marine and estuarine life exists. This has led to the dechlorination of wastewaters before they are discharged into surface water bodies. In addition to being toxic to aquatic life, residuals of chlorine can produce halogenated organic compounds that are potentially toxic to man. Trihalomethanes (chloroform and bromoform), which are carcinogens, are produced by chlorination.

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