Pennsylvania is changing their disinfection process of water from chlorine to chloramine. This has caused some concern and misinformation. The reason for the change is Chloramine uses fewer by-products, which is what the EPA wants.
Other benefits are less chlorine taste and odor. You can still use your same water purifiers at home to reduce the taste of chloramine if you prefer. There are limited concerns such as those on kidney dialysis and those who own fish.
Citizens can be reassured this new process is safe and has been used for 90 years in the United States and Canada. Corrosion control will be undertaken to ensure no lead poisoning occurs from plumbing with American water. There have been some concerns that Germany doesn’t use chloramination. This should not cause alarm because Germany cannot be compared to the United States since they don’t use chlorine in their water or the same standards. There will be no increase in the use of chemicals with this new process.
In addition, some have questioned the affect of chloramine on fish in open water due to a water main break. Chlorine and chloramine have the same effects on fish, so the same diligence is needed to contain any contamination to open waters. Since the compounds are the same, residents would still want to continue to treat their swimming pools in the same manner.
There should be no concerns with treated water touching open wounds because only negligible amount of water would enter the bloodstream. With such small amounts of the disinfectant in the soil, plants and vegetation won’t be harmed.