What about bathing or showering with chlorinated water?

Chlorine does not get into the body through your skin. The amount of chlorine in the water is too low to cause breathing problems. Some people who are very sensitive to chlorine could experience skin irritation. Because the amount of chlorine in drinking water is extremely small – far less than in a swimming pool – this situation is expected to be rare.

Disinfection byproducts (DBP) can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin during activities like bathing and showering. There is limited information about the health risks of breathing or coming in to contact with DBPs. Point-of-use filtration devices can be used to lower DBP levels in water.

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1. My water is discolored, is it safe to drink? What do I do?
2. What is backflow and who do I call for questions?
3. Why does the City flush water lines and fire hydrants?
4. Why is all of that water just flowing out of the hydrant and into the street?
5. Why is my water so warm?
6. What is drinking water chlorination?
7. Is drinking water chlorination required?
8. Is chlorinated water safe to drink?
9. What can water systems do about taste and/or smell from chlorination?
10. Is there anything I can do about the taste and/or smell?
11. Are there other options for disinfection besides chlorination?
12. What about bathing or showering with chlorinated water?
13. Does chlorine affect home water treatment, like water softening?