Letters: Chlorine debate

Monday July 29, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
We in the Cook Islands are already having a variety of cancer problems without chlorine in our water says a letter writer. We in the Cook Islands are already having a variety of cancer problems without chlorine in our water says a letter writer.

Kia orana editor,

Someone asked me the other day my thoughts on the proposed chlorinating of our water. My answer was that I couldn’t comment as I didn’t know much about chlorine accept that swimming pools have to be chlorinated.

 

The United States first chlorinated their water in 1908, in New Jersey. The United Kingdom first chlorinated theirs at the end of the 19th century. Apparently, 0.5mcg or less chlorine in drinking water is not only safe, but helps protect people from contracting waterborne diseases.

Obviously, thousands of scientists and years of research over the last 100 years have been carried out and the developed countries are still chlorinating their water today. Can it really be that bad?

We in the Cook Islands are already having a variety of cancer problems without chlorine in our water. One thing I do know for sure is that preservatives, colouring, high quantities of sugar in processed foods can trigger some cancers when over-consumed.

Can we please talk about some real issues that are damaging and shortening Cook Islanders’ lives today, eg food addiction, alcohol addiction, fizzy drink addiction, lazy addiction and the list goes on.

Akara Meitaki,
Ellena Tavioni

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