What are Haloacetic Acids (HAAS)?
Haloacetic acids (HAAS) are organic compounds found as byproducts of chlorine or bromine reactions with natural organic matter in the water. They are more common during chlorination processes in water systems to kill bacteria and viruses in the water. These organic compounds are also formed during industrial processes in pharmaceutical and chemical plants.
How Does Haloacetic Acids (HAAS) Enter Water Systems?
As mentioned above, they are commonly formed during the disinfection of drinking water to eliminate viruses and bacteria. Although the chlorination of water systems is crucial to prevent bad microorganisms, these byproducts are dangerous to human health in large amounts.
Are Haloacetic Acids Dangerous to Human Health?
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers these contaminants as potential human carcinogens. Consumption and inhalation of haloacetic acids may lead to several health issues, including headache, nausea, sore throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, damages to liver and kidney problems. Longer exposure to contaminated drinking water may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and sore throat because it burns the tissues of the human body.
It’s important to avoid the use and consumption of contaminated drinking water. Regular inspection of your water will keep you and your family safe from HAAS and other chemicals and contaminants in your water.
Does Boiling Water Remove Haloacetic Acids (HAAS)?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), boiling water to remove haloacetic acids is unnecessary because there are correct ways to filter the contaminant from your drinking water. Heating your water may increase the concentration of chemical compounds, which is more dangerous to human health.
How Do You Remove Haloacetic Acids from Drinking Water?
The recommended way to remove haloacetic acids from your drinking water is with the use of granular activated carbon. GAC is a more common filter media found in most of the water filter systems used in residential and commercial buildings nowadays.