Because our drinking water comes from sources like lakes, rivers, reservoirs and ground water aquifers, it's natural that there will be biological organisms such as giardia, cryptosporidium, and viruses. Left in the water supply, these pathogens can cause illness that lead to diarrhea, vomiting, cramps and other health risks.
To prevent these disease causing organisms from entering the water supply, municipal water treatment plants often use chloramines to disinfect the water and kill the organisms. Chloramines are created when ammonia is added to chlorine.
The EPA requires that water treatment plants keep chloramines at a minimum level that is well below the threshold that would be harmful to humans. As the water travels through the pipes to your home, the chloramine levels gradually diminish. Water that is exposed to the air will gradually evaporate remaining chloramines.
Water Treatment to Remove Chloramines from Drinking Water
The problems caused by chloramines in the home include a chlorine odor, corrosion to some types of plumbing fixtures, and at higher levels, causing harm to aquarium fish. For this reason some homeowners use a water filtration system to remove the chemicals from the water supply.
To learn more about the drinking water in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, visit the EPA's Consumer Confidence Report EPA's website
to view detailed information about your communities water supply.
For an in-home water analysis, call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing. We have effective water filtration solutions that can remove chloramines and other contaminants from your home's water supply.