Chloramine Has No Place In Our Drinking Water

Is Chloramine’s stability beneficial?

for over a century now chloramine has been used to sanitize water and many municipal systems are making the change from free chlorine to chloramine. Why? Chloramine is far less reactive than free chlorine and it helps keep the total chlorine residual in the water lines even miles away from the water plant, this is what the EPA wants. In my opinion the stability in choramine is one reason it may be far more harmful for humans to drink, bathe and shower in. Free chlorine being much more reactive can be reduced down line to DBP’s and chloride. Now take a full dose of chloramine at 1-4 ppm coming out of a hot shower taking dead aim for your bloodstream via lung pulmanary system. All this with nothing to reduce it before it enters your body. Please enjoy the article below written by Erin Brockovich

Five Reasons Why Chloramine Has No Place In Our Drinking Water.

1. Chloramine is an ineffective disinfectant.

According to Hach, a global company in water quality testing, chloramine is 25 times less effective than chlorine in disinfection. This is important because, if dosing and mixing are not precise, utilities effectively expose everyone in the system to raw water. In fact, chloramine is so ineffective that utilities that use them are required to at least annually go back to just chlorine to clean out the bacteria that has become accustomed to ammonia.

2. Ammonia is a food source for bacteria:

When the chloramine breaks down, the ammonia actually feeds the bacteria it is supposed to stop. Further, a byproduct of this is nitrification. Nitrogen is released into the water that causes more growth of bacteria. Nitrates can reduce hemoglobin a newborn baby’s blood resulting in blue baby syndrome.

3.Exposure Causes Genetic Damage

In a study conducted by the University of Illinois Champaign–Urbana shows that genetic damage occurs when exposed to chloramines. This is consistent with the fact any chloramine water must have chloramine removed before use in fish tanks and kidney dialysis. Further, chloramine is five times more damaging to respiratory illnesses in hospitals where routine use of chloramine was used to disinfect.

4. Chloramine is Very corrosive

Particularly with lead and copper. In Washington DC, chloramines were the cause of lead leeching into the water and causing learning disabilities in children under five years old. They settled a related lawsuit for $250 million.

5. Chloramine is a Disguise and a Trick Against Regulators

The purpose of chloramine is only to trick the system so the utility can pass current regulatory standards. It is NOT to disinfect, it is to reduce the amount of disinfection byproducts by averting the chlorine from reacting with organics (the cause of disinfection by products) and thereby manage the result. More bluntly, chloramine is, as described by one person, “neutered chlorine.” Worse is that it generates NDMA, or nitrosamines, a disinfection byproduct 10,000 time more carcinogenic than anything it purports to displace.

By: Erin Brochovich

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