Chlorine can be a pretty good thing.
For instance, it’s good for cleaning your pool after the neighborhood bear has stopped by for a swim.
Cities use chlorine to kill all the bad bugs that lurk in the water supply.
Trouble is, the Environmental Protection Agency says chlorine can cause bad reactions in some people, problems like difficulty breathing, or coughing, or red or irritated eyes.
And the EPA says bladder and rectal cancers are some of the by-products of chlorinated water.
Cities also use chlorine dioxide.
But the EPA says too much chlorine dioxide could have bad effects on the nervous system of infants, children, and the fetuses of pregnant women, and some people may experience anemia after years of drinking water with too much chlorine dioxide.
But that doesn’t mean everyone will get sick, or come down with cancer, from drinking chlorinated water.
So, what are we supposed to do?
Replacing water with soft drinks is probably out, right?
Some people use a process called reverse osmosis.
And no, that’s not running an Ozzy Osbourne concert in reverse, although that would be kind of cool.
No, reverse osmosis is a filtering system you can install in your house if you’re really concerned about water quality.
But that’s up to you, and just some more food for thought.