Chloride ion may be present in combination with one or more of the cations of calcium, magnesium, iron and sodium. Chlorides of these minerals are present in water because of their high solubility in water. Each human being consumes about six to eight grams of sodium chloride per day, a part of which is discharged through urine and night soil. Thus, excessive presence of chloride in water indicates sewage pollution. IS value for drinking water is
250 to 1000 mg/L.