Why Do You Need A Shower Water Filter?
Did you know that you can absorb more chlorine through your skin than from your drinking water?
Taking long hot showers is a health risk. Showers, and to lesser extent baths, leads to a greater exposure to toxic
chemicals contained in water supplies then does drinking the water…House holders can receive six to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water.
–New Scientist, 18 September 1986, Ian Anderson
Studies indicate the suspect chemicals can also be inhaled and absorbed into the skin during shower(ing) and bathing.
-U.S News and World Report, July 29, 1991, “Is Your Water Safe? The Dangerous State of Your Water.”
A long, hot shower can be dangerous. The toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations.
-Bottom Line, August, 1987, Dr. John Andelman, Ph.D.
Volatile organics can evaporate from water in the shower or bath. Conservative calculations indicate that
inhalation exposures can be as significant as exposure from drinking water, that is, one can be exposed to just as
much by inhalation during the shower as by drinking two liters (half a gallon) of water a day.
-Consumer Reports, “IS YOUR WATER SAFE TO DRINK?”
Skin absorption of contaminants has been underestimated and ingestion may not constitute the sole or even
primary route of exposure.”
-AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Dr. Halina Brown
Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated levels of chloroform in nearly every home because of
chlorine in the water.
-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, Dr. Lance Wallace
A professor of water chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh claims that exposure to vaporized chemicals in the
water supplies through showering, bathing, and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking the water.”
THE NADER REPORT – TROUBLED WATERS ON TAP”, Center for Study of Responsive Law
The major health threat posed by these pollutants (in water) is far more likely to be from their inhalation as air
pollutants. The reason that emissions are high is that because water droplets dispersed by the shower head have a
larger surface to value ratio than water streaming into the bath.
-SCIENCE NEWS, volume 130, Janet Raloff