We continue our series on reverse osmosis basics with talking about chloramines. In this episode, we explain what chloramines are and how they are used to treat water and the simple solution to remove these from your water for both drinking and reef purposes.
Chloramine is Chlorine with the addition of ammonia. Chloramines have been used to disinfect municipal water systems for almost 100 years. With new regulations, chloramines have been used more and more by cities. The EPA now estimates that 1 in 5 cities is using chloramines to treat water.
Luckily, it is easy to remove these chloramines from your tap water and not add that additional ammonia to your reef tank. With the addition of catalytic activate carbon and special carbon blocks like the ChlorPlus from Pentek. These can be added to already existing RO systems or purchased as a completely new system.
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