I am interested in researching if there is a correlation between the amount of chlorine added to potable water supply and the Onset and Persistence of Childhood Asthma.
We know chlorine in water damages the gills of fish. We also know that a bucket filled with boiling water will emit a very strong smell of chlorine.So is it safe to assume that hot water mixed with cold water to make up a baby’s bath is not doing any harm?
My hypothesis is that infant children are inhaling chlorine gas during their daily bath and this may be damaging their sensitve lungs. My proposal is to undertake historical research for a number of cities, starting with my home town of Sydney, Australia, obtaining records from the government water supply agency about historical and current dosage of chlorine since commencement of chlorinating town water supply, and compare this to statistical research already done on the incidence of infant asthma. I would then like to expand this research to other cities around the world to see there is any correlation.
I have young twins of my own and I also have had asthma since I was an infant, so this research is something I am very interested in exploring further.
I am seeking AU$50,000 iniital crowd funding to enable me to undertake my research, tracking my time spent, at an hourly rate of AU$150/hr which I will track and report using the 14Dayz Online Time Tracking website and report to my supporters. I will commence my research when funds reach AU$10,000 enabling me to focus initially on one city - Sydney. If funding permits, I will continue on to other cities.
Any donor of $10,000 or more can nominate which city or town they would like me to undertake research on. These will be researched in order of date of receipt of donation.
Any excess funding (or insufficient funding to commence) will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.