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MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH


Acceptance of chlorine dioxide as an oxidant and disinfectant of drinking water in United States has grown significantly over the last 20 years; several hundred plants currently use chlorine dioxide. In Europe, the use of chlorine dioxide is widespread; in Italy, more than 30% of water treatment plants using chlorine dioxide and in Germany more than 10%. The main advantage of chlorine dioxide is that it improves the taste and odor, and reduces the formation of organic by-products, such as trihalomethanes (THMs).