What are THMs ?
What in the world are THMs and why should I care?
The short answer is Trihalomethanes. It’s a byproduct class of molecule resulting from the disinfectants used to clean drinking water.
Trihalomethanes are formed as a by-product predominantly when chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water. They are generally referred to as disinfection by-products.
So, what’s the problem? Many THMs are carcinogenic.
Before you panic, the EPA (and other governments in the developed world) regulate/limit THMs within the drinking water infrastructure.
However with that said, here’s an interesting report…
Chemicals in tap water are causing thousands of cancer deaths across Europe.
Each year, more than 6,500 cases of bladder cancer. Roughly five percent of all cases in Europe are found to be attributable to exposure to trihalomethanes (THMs) in drinking water – and it’s all perfectly legal.source: RT
THIS concern is not just in Europe. Also, right here in North America….
While regulatory limits of chemicals / by-products in our drinking water is logically a good thing, the issue is this… Limits are just that — limits. There’s still that by-product in the water.
It’s just held to a level to which they determine to be acceptable. Acceptable? Maybe that’s simply a threshold where “x” amount of people will be affected rather than “y”. Perhaps a risk-reward threshold that’s acceptable for the majority (as an example).
So the thing is — why not mitigate it yourself?
How To Remove THMs From Your Drinking Water
The answer is simple. Get a Bereky water filter.
According to Laboratory tests, the Berkey products can remove Trihalomethane (THMs) up to 99.8% (source).
The Berkey Water Filter Systems are reportedly the best water gravity filters available in the market today. I have been utilizing their filters for well over a decade. ALL of my drinking water first runs through their elements. Even if water is deemed ‘safe’ by the EPA, why not add an additional layer of security?
Yes, USA Berkey Filters is a sponsor on this site. Why? Because I’m a strong supporter of their product. It’s not just “lip service”. I actually put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. I own their filters. Use them daily. They’re the best gravity filter system in the market, in my estimation. And THMs are yet another reason to consider having one yourself.
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