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chlorine in the water

By astrojax 1 February 2010 26

is it just me, or is there an increased level of chlorine in the tap water recently?  

i give my ‘matoes and zucchini a watering can full of water from the back tap most mornings, and have recently acquired a stand-alone evaporative cooler which i fill using a bucket from the kitchen tap – in the past couple of weeks i have a heightened sense of the chlorine smell emanating from the filling of these vessels.

i wonder, is it something to do with the dry and my sense of smell, or has anyone else noticed – or do you know for a fact about – any increase in the chlorine levels in canberra’s water supply?

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maudler 12:22 am 16 Feb 10

Canberra tap water really does taste disgusting. Always thought bottled water was a rip off but at least it tastes a hell of a lot better. Otherwise I resort to chilling or boiling the water to get rid of that funky taste.

Danman 8:26 am 03 Feb 10

I have extensively tavelled through the 3rd world and developing nations where there is no option to drink the tap water or have ice in your drinks (Usually in tropical 99% humidity places too). Thankfully bottled water in these places is only around 30c a litre, and a necessity.

In these same places, random blackouts existing hours long have been known to occour due to monkeys in power lines.

It is well known that also in Samoa, if the resorts need the extra load on teh electricity grid and water supplies, then the supplies are diverted away from the villages and towns to the tourist resorts.

I think i’d prefer my filmy water and chlorine smell.

Wether it is a percieved or real danger to you is not up to me, but if complaining about a smell and a film on your water is all you have when it comes to utilities services to your place of residence, then you got it pretty good.

mowie1236 11:07 pm 02 Feb 10


mowie1236 11:06 pm 02 Feb 10

*goes and gets glass of tap water* whoaa *spits cut of chemicals all over kitchen* i think il stick with juice

GardeningGirl 10:41 pm 02 Feb 10

Very noticeable today. In our previous home we sometimes noticed the chlorine because of our proximity to the tank but here it’s quite unusual.

indigoid 10:36 am 02 Feb 10

My SO bought one of those Sunbeam filter/cooler things last year. It remains one of the best kitchen gadgets we’ve ever acquired. I’m not the slightest bit concerned about Canberra water quality, having lived here and consumed it unfiltered/unboiled for 25 years without any problems, but it is very nice indeed in summer to have cold water that is actually cold, on demand.

Haven’t noticed any chlorine smell in unfiltered water.

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