News From The Richland Water Authority

 
*CHLORAMINE DISINFECTION BEGINNING JUNE 2018

CHLORAMINES AS DISINFECTANTS

WEST VIEW WATER HAS NOTIFIED THE AUTHORITY THAT CHLORAMINE DISINFECTION WILL RESUME THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE FOR THE WARMER MONTHS. IT WILL TAKE 24-36 HOURS TO REACH THE RICHLAND SYSTEM. WATCH THE WEBSITE IN THE FALL FOR THE ENDING DATE FOR THE WINTER MONTHS, AND TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON USING CHLORAMINES AS A DISINFECTANT. WEST VIEW'S WEBSITE AT www.westviewwater.org ALSO HAS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

West View Water is going to change to chloramines from chlorine for disinfection in spring through the fall. Richland Water purchases its water from West View so our water will be disinfected with chloramines during these seasons...

WHAT ARE CHLORAMINES & WHY MAKE THE CHANGE

Chloramines are a combination of chlorine and a small amount of ammonia, and have been used for many years by some water systems. There are over 70 public water systems in Pennsylvania that deliver chloraminated water to their customers. Chloramines last longer in the distribution system and the result is the water has lower levels of Disinfection By-Products (DBPs), such as Trihalomethanes and Halocetic acids. DBPs are formed when chlorine mixes with natually occurring organics in water. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the levels of DBPs that systems can have in their water and EPA has lowered the maximum level allowed over the years to protect the health of the public.

USING CHLORAMINATED WATER

The water is safe for all general uses. Many people who drink chloraminated water say it has less taste and odor than water that is disinfected with chlorine. Pregnant women and babies can drink the water. The water can be used for cooking and cleaning open wounds. Please consult your physician if you have concerns about using the water.

*DIALYSIS PATIENTS SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS*

In the dialysis process, water meets the blood across a permeable membrane. Chloramines in that water would be toxic, just as chlorine is toxic, and must be removed from water used in kidney dialysis machines. Check with your physician if you have a home dialysis machine so that the doctor can recommend the appropriate type of water treatment. Home dialysis service companies can usually make the needed modifications but please check with your physician before making any changes. Dialysis patients are able to drink chloraminated water because the digestive process neutralizes the chloramines before they reach the bloodstream.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AQUARIUM AND FISH POND OWNERS

Because fish take chloramines directly into their bloodstreams, the chloramines must be removed from the water that goes into the ponds or tanks where they live. Pet stores have the products that remove the chloramines. The process for removing chloramines is different from removing chlorine so make sure that you purchase the correct merchandise to remove or neutralize the chloramines in the water.

The above are highlights of the chloramine disinfection process. There is more information available on the internet. Some links that may provide more details are listed below.

www.epa.gov/safewater/disinfection/chloramine

www.westviewwater.org/custInfo/faqChloramine.html

www.depweb.state.pa.us/watersupply/cwp/view.asp?a=1251&q=504451