The Water Quality & Health Council is an independent, multidisciplinary group sponsored by the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade association. The group comprises scientific experts, health professionals, and consumer advocates who serve as advisors to the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council. Our mission is to promote science-based practices and policies to enhance water quality and health by advising industry, health professionals, policymakers, and the public.
COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Need for Universal Access to Safe Water and Sanitation
Extremely Rare but Deadly: Brain-Eating Naegleria fowleri Amoeba in Water
In a nutshell… This article discusses Naegleria fowleri risk and prevention in water. These free-living amoebas can thrive in warm freshwaters such as lakes and sometimes inadequately treated, warm household (e.g., drinking, bathing) water. Entry of contaminated water through the nose—not by swallowing—can lead to a fatal brain infection. Only a handful of cases are... Read More »
Chlorine vs. Chlorine Bleach: What’s the Difference?
In a nutshell… The terms “chlorine” and “chlorine bleach” are not always used accurately in reporting emergency incidents in which elemental chlorine gas or liquid chlorine bleach escape their containers. These two substances have different chemical and physical properties and represent different potential risks to human health. This article explains the differences between the substances... Read More »