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Chloramine vs. Chlorine

 

 

San Diego and Los Angeles counties have begun disinfecting its drinking water with chloramine instead of chlorine in some areas.  Check with your water department to determine if your water treatment facility is using chlorine or chloramines for treating your water.  Water treated with Chloramine has been used successfully in many municipalities across the country. You can now request to have Chloramines taken out with special Catalytic carbon either at the point of entry where the Waterboy would go or point of use, at the faucet.

What is the difference between Chloramine and  Chlorine?

Chloramines remain active in water longer than chlorine.  In other words, if your drinking water must travel a long distance before finally being served by your tap, tub or fridge, chlorine can see its effectiveness as a disinfectant decrease more significantly than chloramine. Chloramine is also reported to produce fewer Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) than chlorine, including total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) such as chloroform, haloacetic acids (HAA5), chlorite, bromate and more.  In other words, while chloramine is at work inactivating bacteria and viruses, and preventing infectious diseases like typhoid fever, hepatitis, and cholera, it is also helping to ensure you are at far less of a risk for exposure to these DBPs.

How does Chloramine effect my health and my pets health

Chloramine does not pose a significant risk to your health if kept below the MCL or maximum contaminant level..  If anything, the use of disinfectants such as chloramine and chlorine have done a great deal of good for public health, as drinking water disinfection helps to protect all of us against sickness and death from waterborne contamination.

How do I treat Chloramine in my Water?

There are many under the sink filters as well as whole house filters that can now offer Catalytic Carbon to remove Chloramines. Reverse Osmosis also removes it.