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Chloramine

Chloramine
Why you would want to

Remove Chloramine
from your drinking water 
            
      
This page focuses on Chloramine and Chloramine Risks

                                                    To go straight to the chloramine and fluoride water filters in the store, click on:

                                                                                                     chloramine and fluoride filter - undercounter

                                                                                                          chloramine and fluoride filter - countertop

                                                                                                                                       chloramine shower filters

                                                                                        Chloramine

In recent times a growing number of municipalities are adding ammonia to the water supply.  They are doing this for two reasons.  One is in recognition of some scientific study results that suggest chlorine is carcinogenic.  The EPA has told water suppliers to reduce the amount of trihalomethanes (disinfection byproducts) in the water supply, but they did not mandate the use of chloramines.  

The other reason is that adding ammonia changes the chemistry of chlorine so that it continues to serve as a disinfectant, but in its new form lasts much longer.  The new chemical is called chloramine.  By definition, chloramines are harder to remove than chlorine.

Research published in 2007 by Dr. Michael Plewa indicated that the disinfection byproducts (DBPs) created from the use of chloramine are much more toxic than the DBPs of chlorine. These new nitrogen-containing DBPs are currently not regulated by the EPA.  As far as we can determine, there still have been no scientific studies done to determine the risks to epidermis, respiratory, digestive or epidemiologic systems.  There also seem to be no allergy tests for chloramine.  Yet, this chemical is being intentionally formed in the water supply of people all over the country.

There are many reports of health concerns from chloramines.  It is suggested that anyone with chemical sensitivities will react badly to it.  There have not been any EPA studies to officially determine whether chloramine will adversely effect individual health.  But those individuals with extreme rashes and breathing problems know the answer without a study.  The EPA says that ther are no dermal or inhalant studies on chloramine used in drinking water, and that there are inadequate cancer studies on animals or humans.

As a young man, the Big Splash at friendsofwater.com worked in the Dermatology Department of Mass General Hospital in Boston.  One thing he learned was that you really must study something for many years in clinical settings before you can make definitive statements about health effects.  But over those years, that doesn't mean that harm isn't being done!  You have to take responsibility for your own health.

Another concern is that the use of chloramines instead of chlorine can increase the amount of lead in the water, particularly when the treated water runs through older lead pipes.

Health problems directly experienced by many people from exposure to chloramines include:

  • Extremely severe skin rashes
  • Dry skin
  • Scaling skin
  • Erupting, oozing skin
  • Skin described as having chemical burns
  • Skin outbreak 'like hives'
  • Swollen ears
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hacking coughs
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Swollen eyes
  • Raspy throat
  • Peeling fingernails
  • Stomach aches         
  • Yeast infection
  • Ammonia toxicity from consumption, especially for those with liver, kidney or urea cycle diseases

 

People who keep a fish aquarium know that they have to get the chloramine out - or the fish die.

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    Many many people have reported that stopping exposure to chloramines led to dramatic improvement in health conditions within days.  Kdf 85 combined with catalytic carbon takes out chloramines very effectively. 

Granulated carbon has long been known to remove organic byproducts.  Catalytic carbon has been shown to be more effective on chloramines than other carbons, so that is used in our kitchen and whole house chloramine filters. 

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Like chlorine, chloramine is of concern while showering and bathing.  Many report health issues from bathing or showering in water with chloramine.  We are delighted that we now have both shower and bath filters that greatly reduce chloramines.
  
We have filters to filter chloramine
from your drinking water
your bath and shower
and the whole house.

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                                 examples of 3-canister undercounter and countertop filters

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         To go straight to the chloramine and fluoride water filters

                                                                        chloramine and fluoride filter - undercounter

  chloramine and fluoride filter - countertop 

 

                                               To go to whole house chloramine filters in the store: chloramine whole house filter 

                                                   To go to chloramine shower and bath filters in the store:  chloramine bath filters
               
                                                         
                              For information on whole house filters, including to remove chloramines,  click whole house filters

                                                                                 For more in-depth information about fluoride:  fluoride risks

                                            
                                                       For more general information about water filtration and filters: water filter info
                                            
                                                                    
Click here for some story telling on the importance of filtered water
                                                                            

All of the kitchen and whole house water filters we sell filter more than 600 contaminants.  These include organic-based contaminants like hormones, chemical-based drugs, arsenic, lead, heavy metals, chromium, chlorination by-products like trihalomethanes, and pesticides - in much the same way that Mother Earth uses the minerals in the rocks and ground to clean water as it runs through to the aquifers.  

Every water filter we sell leaves the trace elements in the water that the body needs.
 

Kdf 85 has been shown to remove chloramines more effectively than regular kdf 55.  Catalytic carbon has been shown to be superior for dealing with chloramines, so we use those in our chloramine filters and cartridges.   

People with particular sensitivities report dramatic improvement from chloramine-related health issues within a few days when they stop being exposed to it!

If our filters don't do what you need them do - you can return them for a full refund.  We will refund your entire purchase on any return made within 90 days.  
                             

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