Chloramines and chlorine are both used my municipalities to transport treated water to the community. While successful during transportation, these harsh chemicals can be detrimental to your filtration system's media.
Do I have Chlorine or Chloramine?
The best way to test your water is by reaching out to a water treatement lab/specialist. They will be able to test for specific contaminants levels and assist you in find proper treatment for your water.
Reach out to a certified laboratory
Find a local lab by calling the Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or visit https://www.epa.gov/waterlabnetwork.
Chlorine can be detrimental to your filtration media if not treatdd propery. If your water test results show chlorine, you'll want to check the specifications on your current treatment system or the one you plan to purchase. This information is found in the owner's manual.
Note: Not all systems are rated to reduce Chlorine.
If your test results are under the Influent level listed (2.0 ppm in the example above), then this system will successfully reduce your chlorine content by the percentage listed.
If your test results are higher than the influent level listed, you'll need a stronger, more specialized treatment system. We recommend reaching out to a local water treatment center for recommendations.
Chloramines are a higher concentrated, harsher form of Chlorine. They are often used in larger cities where water needs to travel further from the treatment center.
Chloramines are detrimental to your filtration system's media, and need to be filtered out prior to most residential units. If your water test results show Chloramine concentrations, we recommend looking into a catalyic carbon filter. We recommend reaching out to a local water treatment center for recommendations on which filter is best for your geographic location.