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Channel: Seeker
Categories: Chemistry   |   Health   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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“Chloramines result from the combination of two ingredients: (a) chlorine disinfectants and (b) perspiration, oils and urine that enter pools on the bodies of swimmers.”

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“Unfortunately, if swimming pools are not maintained properly, they can quickly become large culture dishes for all sorts of nasty organisms. So, how do you tell if your swimming pool is safe?”


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