Trihalomethanes Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Studies have shown that there are more than 600 unwanted chemicals created by the interaction of water treatment disinfectants and pollutants in source water (Barlow 2004, Richardson 1998, 1999a, 1999b, 2003). Most of these water treatment contaminants have not been studied in depth.
Among them: haloacetonitriles, haloaldehydes, haloketones, halohydroxyfuranones, haloquinones, aldehydes, haloacetamides, halonitriles, halonitromethanes, nitrosamines, organic N-chloramines, iodoacids, ketones and carboxylic acids (Bond 2011, Bull 2011, EWG 2001, Plewa 2004, Yang 2012).
Some of these compounds are suspected carcinogens (Bull 2011). Notably, scientists believe that hundreds more water treatment contaminants are present in drinking water but have not yet been identified (Barlow 2004).
Bottomline… Drinking Water utilities MUST remove the pollutants the interact with disinfectants and STOP the practice of adding ammonia to sequester these reactions… forming hundreds of more toxic compounds.