What Are Experts
Saying About Chloramine Water And
While there are lots of
chlorine filters on the market, there aren't many effective
chloramine water filters to choose from. Only recently
have facilities started switching from chlorine to chloramines
for disinfection purposes.
They made the switch because chlorine tends to dissipate, as it
makes its way through the pipelines. Chloramines, on the
other hand, remain active.
In terms of killing bacteria
and other germs in the pipelines, that's a good thing.
But, there are some drawbacks. Public healthcare
organizations consider the drawbacks minor, because controlling
waterborne illnesses is much more important to them. To
the individual, the drawbacks are scary.
Researchers have shown that
cancer-causing byproducts are created when chloramines
react with organic material. In Canada, it has
been estimated that every year, there are 700 new cases of
cancer caused by exposure to those byproducts.
This is not exposure that
occurs when handling the chemicals, as one would in a facility,
although that is a health risk. It is exposure that
occurs when we drink, cook with and shower in unfiltered water
on a daily basis. Since the chloramines remain active,
they react with bacteria on our skin to form those
If we make an effort to reduce
our exposure to these chemicals, whenever possible, we reduce
our risk of cancer, which is currently the number one cause of
death in the United States. Installing an effective
chloramine water filter that also traps the disinfection
byproducts is an easy and inexpensive step to take towards
better long-term health. Systems are available for the
kitchen, the showerhead and even the whole house.
An effective filter will
include multiple steps. Granular activated carbon reduces
cancer-causing chemicals. A carbon and multi-media block
further reduces them to a point that they are practically
The best systems also include
an ion exchange step, because that removes lead and other
metallic particles. It balances the mineral content and improves the pH
Chloramine water filters are
always recommended for home aquariums, because the chemical is
toxic to fish and plants. Filters for aquariums actually
cost more than those that can be mounted on a kitchen
Treating cancer is expensive,
which is why socialist countries like Canada are interested in
the number of annual cases associated with exposure to
disinfection byproducts. They want to know how much it is
Perhaps the best thing that they could do is supply all homes
with an effective chloramine water filter. It would
probably save them money, in the long run.