No. Chlorine has been the primary method to disinfect drinking water for more than 100 years. Regionally, chlorine was the primary drinking water disinfectant prior to October of the year 2000 when conversion to chloramines was achieved.
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Chloramines are a safe and common disinfectant used to treat drinking water. Chloramines are formed when free chlorine and ammonia are added at the treatment plant. This is a very stable and long-lasting disinfectant.
Chlorine is used as a routine preventive maintenance procedure to assure the highest quality of drinking water is delivered to your home.
You may notice a slight chlorine smell.
Yes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that both chlorine and chloramines are safe disinfectants for bathing, drinking, cooking, and everyday water uses.
Yes. If you have any other health related questions or concerns, please consult with your family physician.
The amount of chlorine will be extremely small, between 2.5 and 3 parts per million of water. If you have any questions, please consult with your family physician.
The small amount of chlorine in drinking water should not affect plants.
No. Chloramines and chlorine disinfectants are safe for household plumbing.
Most brands do not contain chlorine but there are some bottled water companies that use chlorine to disinfect their water prior to bottling.
You should check with the manufacturer. Chlorine is normally removed with a carbon filter; however, an old carbon filter may not remove all of the chlorine.
Yes. Chlorine will dissipate over time, but after 24 hours it should be refrigerated.
Yes. If you normally drink city water, the chlorine will not affect the salt content of the water.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations. Medical centers that perform dialysis commonly remove the chloramines or chlorine that enters the dialysis machines. You should consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of water for dialysis.
You should use water treatment products that remove chlorine and chloramines for your aquarium or ponds. Most pet stores have been selling de-chlorinating agents for years and generally have recommended using them for fresh and saltwater tanks. See your pet store supplier for more details.
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For health-related questions, please consult with your family physician.
For technical, water supply-related questions, call the City of Norfolk Department of Utilities Water Quality Laboratory @ (757) 441-5678 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.