Water safety has been in the news again in recent months. This time it is due to trihalomethanes, a water by-product thought to be a possible carcinogen. However, that doesn’t mean all homeowners who use a water well for their daily water supply are at risk.
Water well owners should always try to have a working knowledge about their well, its parts, and possible water contaminants. Below is information about trihalomethanes. However, if questions arise, the best solution is to contact a professional water well contractor and seek his advice.
Of the different trihalomethanes, dibromochloromethane has been most closely associated with cancer, followed in order by bromoform, chloroform, and bromodichloromethane.
Pregnant women appear to be at the greatest risk, as some studies have linked trihalomethanes to reproductive problems, including miscarriage.
- Aeration or boiling
- Activated carbon