Friday, October 25, 2013

NaOCL - Not an Ordinary Chlorine Liquid

One of my Friday missions which happened today was to research about how to make our drinking water more potable after there had an incident of typhoid and amoebasis in the locality of our school.

And so I went to Koronadal City Health Office to inquire about our water status. I met the water inspector who incidentally had a first hand experience of our water in the school some time when she visited the place.

We fetch our water for washing and bathing beside the knoll where a spring flows. While the location of the water source is geologically right under the domicile area of the residents, the water inspector expressed the fat chance of waste being eventually flushed to the exchange pool of our water.

The water inspector gave a serve of manna in the form of five bottles of sodium hypochlorite, a chemical solution usually used as a water disinfectant and bleaching agent. It has label and the inspector explained the dosage and procedure in mixing it to our water.

Chemical symbol. Screen shot from

Sodium hypochlorite is used by industries primarily to disinfect water from various bacteria, but opposite to what we mostly believe, the water inspector said that it is not the same to raw chlorine that we ordinarily buy in the store to bleach clothes. It has to undergo a process called dilution for right and safe use.

Aside from health reasons, some would go bananas if they learn that I did this chance to research for something crazy at the back of my mind. And skin bleaching rings a bell to me. Cheers!

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