Chloride in Drinking Water

What is chloride?

Compounds of the chemical element chlorine are called chlorides. The best known is sodium chloride, or table salt, used in the household when preparing food. Along with sodium and potassium, chloride is one of the most essential electrolytes in the human organism. It is involved in almost all metabolic processes. In combination with sodium, it is responsible for regulating our water balance.

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What are the consequences of chloride in drinking water?

Chloride is vital for the body. A significant deficiency can be caused by heavy sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea, leading to circulatory problems and possibly even cardiac dysfunction.

Therefore, a particular concentration of drinking water is quite desirable. The limit value for chloride in drinking water is 250 milligrams/litre, according to the UK Drinking Water Ordinance.

Chloride and chlorine are not to be confused. 

In nature, chlorine occurs almost exclusively in bound form, such as chloride. The chemical industry produces chlorine. Chlorine contamination of drinking water has adverse effects on the human body. Learn more about Chlorine here. Suppose you like to test your water for contamination. In that case, the water testing kits of IVARIO include chloride and other parameters such as lead, copper and nitrate.

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