Chloramine in Water


Chloramine Symptoms and Solutions

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Source of Chloramine in Water: Throughout the United States, municipalities have used disinfectants like chlorine and chloramines (NH₂CL) for almost seventy years. As a result, water borne illnesses like typhoid and cholera have been almost completely eliminated. But, chlorine comes with a side effect: disinfection by-products (DBPs) which have proven to be very harmful to humans. To reduce these DBPs, water suppliers began to add ammonia to the chlorine which then created chloramine, an alternative disinfectant. The EPA now estimates that 1 in 5 Americans now drink water contaminated with chloramines and its by-products (see the map below). Chloramine in water reduces the formation of chlorine-related DBPs, and provides farther reaching disinfection that is easier to maintain throughout the distribution system. As the US EPA places stronger regulations on DBPs, more water suppliers will ultimately move towards using chloramine for disinfection.

Symptoms of Chloramine: Chloramine (also known as monochloramine) has several potential side effects. Those in the food service industry should be warned that use of chloramines can lower the quality of products, including coffee, beverages, and soups. Water with chloramine has been described as having a "bitter" or "musty" taste. It can also cause damage to intricate equipment in the manufacturing and food service industries. Tap water with chloramines should not be used in hospitals or dialysis centers as introducing this contaminant into the blood stream can cause serious health problems. The EPA has also warned that those exposed to chloramines are at risk for developing gastrointestinal problems and severe skin rashes. Perhaps even more concerning, chloramine can also create a dangerous DBP: a compound called NDMA. NDMA has been identified as a probable carcinogen by the EPA. NDMA can also cause headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Download a fact sheet about NDMA (courtesy of the EPA) here.

Food Allergies Linked to Water and PesticidesFiltration Solutions for Chloramine: Most serve-yourself soda fountains are installed with a chloramine filter by the soda manufacturer to preserve the integrity of the product. Shouldn't your home or business also be protected against this disinfectant and its by-products? We offer several options for reducing chloramines from your tap water, including specifically designed chloramine reduction filters. A reverse osmosis system should have a prefilter specifically designed for chloramines, as the chemical will reduce the life of the RO membrane.

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Free Chlorine Water CheckFree Chlorine Water Check
Part Number: PT752-50
Alternate Part Number: 481026
PurTest Free Chlorine Water Check Free Chlorine water quality test strips combine a wide range of water quality detection with our patented Free Chlorine indicator. Free Chlorine is the ideal product when testing water quality in a food...
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  • Test Type: Chlorine
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Neo-Pure CHLM-2510 9-7/8" x 2-1/2" Chloramine Carbon Block Filter 1 micronNeo-Pure CHLM-2510 9-7/8
Part Number: CHLM-2510
  • Filter Application: Chloramine, Chlorine/Taste/Odor, Sediment/Dirt/Rust
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 1 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Length: 9-7/8" (25.1 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 2.5"
  • Flow Rate: 1 gpm
  • Filter Media: Coconut Shell Carbon Block
  • Certifications: NSF 42
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Neo-Pure CHLM-2520 20" x 2-1/2" Chloramine Carbon Block Filter 1 micronNeo-Pure CHLM-2520 20
Part Number: CHLM-2520
  • Filter Application: Chloramine, Chlorine/Taste/Odor, Sediment/Dirt/Rust
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 1 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 2.5"
  • Flow Rate: 2 gpm
  • Filter Media: Coconut Shell Carbon Block
  • Certifications: NSF 42
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Neo-Pure CHLM-4510 9-7/8" x 4-1/2" Chloramine Carbon Block Filter 1 micronNeo-Pure CHLM-4510 9-7/8
Part Number: CHLM-4510
  • Filter Application: Chloramine, Chlorine/Taste/Odor, Sediment/Dirt/Rust
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 1 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Length: 9-7/8" (25.1 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Flow Rate: 3 gpm
  • Filter Media: Coconut Shell Carbon Block
  • Certifications: NSF 42
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Neo-Pure CHLM-4520 20" x 4-1/2" Chloramine Carbon Block Filter 1 micronNeo-Pure CHLM-4520 20
Part Number: CHLM-4520
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 1 µm
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Flow Rate: 4 gpm
  • Filter Media: Coconut Shell Carbon Block
  • Certifications: NSF 42
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Neo-Pure CTOX-2510 9-7/8" x 2-1/2" Chloramine/VOC Carbon Block Filter 1 micronNeo-Pure CTOX-2510 9-7/8
Part Number: CTOX-2510
  • Filter Application: Asbestos, Atrazine, Chloramine, Chlorine/Taste/Odor, Cyst, Lead, Mercury, MTBE, Particulates, Sediment/Dirt/Rust, VOC
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 1 µm
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Length: 9-7/8" (25.1 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 2.5"
  • Flow Rate: 1 gpm
  • Lead Reduction Capacity: 2750 Gallons
  • Filter Media: Coconut Shell Carbon Block
  • Certifications: NSF 42
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Pentek 155967-43 CRFC20-BB Radial Flow Cartridge 20 mic FilterPentek 155967-43 CRFC20-BB Radial Flow Cartridge 20 mic Filter
Part Number: 155967-43
  • Filter Application: Chloramine, Chlorine/Taste/Odor, Sediment/Dirt/Rust
  • Micron Rating (Nominal): 20 µm
  • Country of Origin: Assembled in the USA
  • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
  • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Flow Rate: 5 gpm
  • CTO Reduction Capacity: 200000 Gallons
  • Filter Media: Advanced Bonded PAC
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3M HF160-CL Chloramine Reduction System 56260-013M HF160-CL Chloramine Reduction System 56260-01
Part Number: 56260-01
Alternate Part Number: 70020282102
  • Applications: Fountain Beverage System
  • Contaminants Reduced: Bacteria, Bad Odors, Bad Taste, Chloramine, Chlorine, Cysts, Sediment
  • Filter Capacity: 4700 Gallons
  • Flow Rate: 2.2 gpm
  • Certifications: NSF/ANSI 42, NSF/ANSI 53
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3M HF160-CLS Chloramine Reduction System With Scale Inhibitor 56260-023M HF160-CLS Chloramine Reduction System With Scale Inhibitor 56260-02
Part Number: 56260-02
Alternate Part Number: 70020282870
  • Applications: Coffee System
  • Contaminants Reduced: Bacteria, Bad Odors, Bad Taste, Chloramine, Chlorine, Cysts, Scale, Sediment
  • Filter Capacity: 4700 Gallons
  • Flow Rate: 2.2 gpm
  • Connection Type: 1/2" FNPT
  • Certifications: NSF/ANSI 42, NSF/ANSI 53
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Catalytic Carbon Backwashing Filter SystemCatalytic Carbon Backwashing Filter System
Part Number: CAT-0948-2510
  • For Chloramines and Hydrogen Sulfide reduction
  • Crystal clear water for drinking, bathing, and cooking
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  • Low maintenance due to automatic operation
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    3M HF195-CL Chloramine Reduction System 56258-023M HF195-CL Chloramine Reduction System 56258-02
    Part Number: 56258-02
    Alternate Part Number: 70020283787
    • Applications: Fountain Beverage System
    • Contaminants Reduced: Bad Odors, Bad Taste, Chloramine, Chlorine, Dirt, Sediment
    • Filter Capacity: 30,000 Gallons
    • Flow Rate: 2.5 gpm
    • Connection Type: 1/2" FNPT
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    Aries AF-20-1042-BB 20" x 4-1/2" Catalytic Carbon FilterAries AF-20-1042-BB 20
    Part Number: AF-20-1042-BB
    • Filter Application: Chloramine, Hydrogen Sulfide
    • Micron Rating (Nominal): 25 µm
    • Country of Origin: USA
    • Length: 20" (50.8 cm)
    • Outer Diameter: 4.5" (11.4 cm)
    • Flow Rate: Max 5 gpm; Service Flow Rate: 3 gpm gpm
    • CTO Reduction Capacity: 150,000 gallons @ 3 gpm Gallons
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    U.S. Map of States Using Chloramine as Water Disinfectant

    According to the EPA's 2010 data, water municipalities are increasingly switching to chloramine as a method of disinfection. From 2007 to 2010, there was a nationwide increase of 37%. Texas had the most significant change, with a 54% increase across the state. Florida followed with a 43% increase, and California with a 20% increase. 

    Map of drinking water treated with chloramine.

    News Report About the Health Effects of Chloramines in Water