FAQ – Chloramine

Frequently Asked Questions about Chloramine

What is chloramine?

Chloramine is a disinfectant used to treat drinking water. It is formed by mixing chlorine with a small amount of ammonia. Chloramine has been used by water systems for almost 90 years and over 68 million Americans receive drinking water treated with chloramines.

Why is West View Water using chloramine as a disinfectant?

We are changing to chloramines to ensure our water continues to meet or exceed all of the water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chlorine reacts with naturally occurring organic matter in the water to form what are called disinfection byproducts (DBP’s) which are potentially harmful. These DBP’s are strictly regulated by the EPA. Since chloramine is not as reactive as chlorine, significantly fewer of these DBP’s will be formed. Chloramine is also more stable and extends disinfectant benefits throughout our utility’s distribution system.

How will my drinking water be affected by the switch to chloramine?

You will not notice any difference in your water quality. Taste and odor issues related to chlorine will be reduced and chloraminated water can be used in all the same ways you used our water before.

Are there any precautions for using chloraminated water?

Chloraminated water is safe for everyone to use for drinking, bathing, cooking and all regular uses we have for water. However, chloramines, just like chlorine, must be removed from the water prior to dialysis treatment. If you have a home dialysis machine, consult with your health care provider to ensure your unit is capable of removing chloramines from the water prior to use. Contact your physician if you have any health related questions.

Also, chloramines, just like chlorine, are harmful to all fish, amphibians and reptiles and must be removed from the water prior to use in aquariums and ponds. Most pet stores sell products that can be easily added to the water to remove chloramines. For more information contact your aquarium supply or pet supply store.

How are chloramines removed from the water?

Typically there are two ways to remove chloramines from the water. The addition of a de-chloraminating agent (such as ascorbic acid) or the use of a granular activated carbon filter specifically designed to remove chloramines.

To find out more information concerning chloramines please click on the link below or contact our office at 412-931-3292 during normal business hours.

EPA – Q & A’s – Chloramines