Chloramines reduce the taste and smell of chlorine in drinking water and help lower levels of potentially harmful regulated disinfection byproducts as compared to chlorine. The controversy here is that chloramines reduce but do not eliminate disinfection byproducts nor the use of chlorine entirely. Further, there have been complaints of respiratory ailments and rashes due to chloramine in the drinking water. It should also be noted that dialysis patients, some research labs, industrial facilities, and all aquarium users will need to have their water supply filtered to remove the presence of chloramine.
Chloramines in the NC Triad Area
In the Summer of 2011, chloramines were introduced into the water supply systems of Greensboro, High Point, Burlington, and nearby cities as the Piedmont Triad Water Authority changed its disinfection process from chlorination (chlorine only) to chloramination (chlorine and ammonia). This has been done to meet newer, stricter federal criteria. While disinfecting the Greensboro water supply—both at the treatment plant and in the pipes that carry water to homes and businesses—is necessary to prevent the spread of infectious diseases from the build up of film on the interior lining of pipes, or eliminate the presence of viruses and bacteria that remain after treatment, ingesting chloramine is not a particularly palatable ideal. Chloramines, as well as other chemicals, can be filtered from your water supply via a chloramine-reducing water system available from Dr. Johns.
Dr Johns' chloramine-reducing water system (dechlorinator water system) is non-electric and is effective in reducing chloramine in the whole house. It can be installed alone for chloramine reduction only (or with a Kinetico Water Softening System) by a trained water treatment specialist from Dr. Johns for a complete water treatment system.