Why switch disinfectant?
Disinfection is critical to protect the public from disease-causing microorganisms, by lowering the exposure rates to infectious diseases. Throughout the years, chlorine has been extremely successful in protecting water from harmful bacterial and viral contamination. However, when chlorine reacts with organic and inorganic materials in the water it can form new compounds known as disinfection by-products (DBPs). These DBPs, called Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Haloacetic Acids (HAAs), are suspected carcinogens, when present at elevated levels and consumed over long periods of time. New drinking water regulations require utilities to maintain lower concentrations on DBPs, lower bacterial counts or coliform occurrences, and maintain better disinfectant residuals throughout the distribution system. The switch to chloramines should minimize the formation of DBPs present in drinking water and provide a more stable disinfectant residual.

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1. Why switch disinfectant?
2. When will the switch occur?
3. What is chlorine?
4. What are chloramines?
5. Why convert from chlorine to chloramines?
6. What is accomplished by converting to chloramines in the City of Eden?
7. Is chlorination and chloramination safe?
8. How are kidney dialysis patients affected by chlorine/chloramines and what precautions should they take?
9. Is it safe for kidney dialysis patients to drink water containing chlorine and/or chloramines?
10. How are fish affected by chlorine/chloramines and what precautions should fish owners take?
11. Is it safe to wash open wounds with chlorinated/chloraminated water?
12. Will chlorination/chloramination affect business water users?
13. What actions do I take concerning swimming pool maintenance?
14. Do home water softeners remove chlorine/chloramines?