Published: January 2, 2013

    Chloramines in Drinking Water

    Chloramines are disinfectants used to treat drinking water. Chloramines are most commonly formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water. The typical purpose of chloramines is to provide longer-lasting water treatment as the water moves through pipes to consumers. This type of disinfection is known as secondary disinfection. Chloramines have been used by water utilities for almost 90 years, and their use is closely regulated. More than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with chloramines. It is claimed that water that contains chloramines and meets EPA regulatory standards is safe to use for drinking, cooking, bathing and other household uses.

    Don’t be fooled by what you are being told by your water company.  There are plenty of facts out there about the effects of Chloramine in drinking water.  Six massive fish kills have been documented in the US and Canada killing everything down to the earthworm. People in 20 states have reported respiratory problems, skin rashes and digestive problems from drinking, cooking with or bathing in chloraminated water. The byproducts of chloramine are 100 TIMES MORE TOXIC than those of chlorine. These byproducts are known to be genotoxic (damage DNA), cytotoxic (damage cells) and carcinogenic (cause cancer). 
Chloramine is 20,000 TIMES LESS EFFECTIVE in killing bacteria that cause water borne diseases. Chloramine literally ‘eats’ rubber fitting in plumbing and leaches lead into your children’s water. Lead poisoning can cause developmental disabilities in children. The use of chloramine adds pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds that are destroying these water bodies.

    It is said that a municipality changes its water from Chlorine to Chloramine when they are trying to cut expenses.  The Chloramine combo of chlorine and ammonia is said to be cheaper to produce.  There are other claims that chloramination is expected to improve the taste and smell of the water delivered to your home.  In fact many water utilities have already switched from chlorine to chloramines and have reported increases in customer satisfaction with the water’s taste and odor.  In fact here is a quote found on www.missouricitytx.gov, “Yes, chloraminated water is safe for bathing, drinking, cooking and all everyday uses. Chloramines have been used safely in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain for more than 90 years. Other nearby cities such as Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth have been using chloramine as part of their water treatment process for decades. The EPA estimates that more than one in five Americans regularly use drinking water treated with chloramines.”

    With this information out there whether you have chlorine or chloramine in your water, it is left up to the home owner to remove either of these chemicals from your water.  Carbon filters have been around for a long time and they are the only true way to protect your family.

    “I have a 6 year old that gets a rash from the amount of chlorine put in our water.  Since I have had the Pelican Whole House Carbon Filter, it has not been a problem.  Thank you Pelican!