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Additional chlorine in tap water in France due to Covid-19

In recent weeks, as many businesses have closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, in some areas overall water consumption has declined.

As a result, more water is left in the pipes for longer than normal, prompting water providers in some areas to increase the levels of chlorine in the water, to ensure it stays clean longer. .

This means that the water may taste slightly different, and some people may also report feeling drier skin after showering or washing their hands.

Not all regions are concerned, but the phenomenon has been particularly observed in the Grand Est region, specifies northern regional newspaper The voice of the North.

In the commune of Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, between Strasbourg and Mulhouse, a press release from the direction of the local technical services specifies: “Normally, we see 0.15 mg / L at the exit of the disinfection station, whereas now , it should be between 0.3 and 0.5 mg / L.

Water is always 100% safe to drink and use.

Chlorine was added due to the drop in water consumption, not because there is a risk from Covid-19 itself.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also confirmed that there is no risk of being contaminated by Covid-19 through normally drinkable tap water (as in France).

National Water Center The Water Information Center also said: “Several methods of disinfection – such as chlorination – eliminate all viruses, including the coronavirus.”

As a result, tap water remains drinkable in France, and it is not necessary to use bottled water. If you are able to taste the higher chlorine levels, you can get rid of the taste by leaving tap water in a jug or container for an hour or two before drinking it.

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