What Is Chloramine?
Chloramine is a common municipal water disinfectant, but it is corrosive to lead and copper water lines and could have side effects for people and fish.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)...
Chloramination is the process of adding chloramine to drinking water to disinfect it and kill germs. Chloramination is sometimes used as an alternative to chlorination. Chloramines are a group of chemical compounds that contain chlorine and ammonia. The particular type of chloramine used in drinking water disinfection is called monochloramine.
However, for over 50 yeaars, the National Institutes of Health have been studying the potentially negative effects of hard water on our bodies. Evidence has been mounting - suggesting an environmental factor could be influencing our rising rates of cardiovascular disease.
The CDC's current studies indicate that using or drinking water with small amounts of chloramine does not cause harmful health effects and provides protection against waterborne disease outbreaks. These studies reported no observed health effects from drinking water with chloramine levels of less than 50 mg/L in drinking water. A normal level for drinking water disinfection can range from 1.0 to 4.0 mg/L.
But what are the levels of chloramine in El Paso's municipal water?
In a common 79927-area of El Paso, Lower Valley Water District has tested positive for over 17 contaminants deemed unhealthy by the Environmental Working Group. Test your own zipcode at EWG's water map.