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​What is the difference between chlorine and chloramine?

Posted by Collin West on

Simply put, they are two types of chemicals used for disinfecting water. Two different products used to get the same result. Why should that matter to us? Determining the difference between which of the two or even if both are in your water tells you if your are throwing away money! 

Filtering your water can be very confusing. There are so many filters out on the market, it is hard to find out which one is the best? The answer to that question may fool you. None of them and all of them! The problem is that not all water is the same. These two different types of disinfectant products require different forms of carbon to remove them. If you were to go to a store and choose a water filter system that removed 99.9% of chlorine, you may be very happy with yourself for being health conscious. However, you could be throwing money away. If your water district uses chloramine instead of chlorine, most store brand filters will only eliminate the taste and odor. This means that the harmful chemicals still exist. A special type of carbon called 

catalytic carbon is needed to address the presence of chloramine. Typical fridge, pitcher, and faucet attach filters fall woefully short of actually producing healthy water. Understanding what is in your water is the first step to knowing what filter is right for you. 

How do you find out what is in your water? 

Check your city’s website. Look for a water quality report or a consumer confidence report. This will tell you what 

chemicals are used during the process of disinfecting your city’s water. They are sometimes hard to find so don’t hesitate to call us at 214-350-1967 and request a copy. After all you pay them monthly, you should at least know what you are paying for. Once you have learned what is in your water, you can avoid flashy claims that don’t apply to you.

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