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How to reduce Chlorine and Chloramines in your drinking water

Convenient home systems reduce impurities in your water

For most of us, our water comes from a municipal water source, so having chlorine in our water is required to ensure it is safe to consume. 

Municipalities rely on the use of chlorine to ensure the elimination of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. This chlorinated water travels from your local Municipal Water Treatment Plant through underground distribution pipes and directly into your home. 

The water in your home can be deceiving. While municipal water supplies are filtered and disinfected to ensure the water in your home is safe to drink, there may be other elements found in your water that can lead to undesirable tastes, odours and staining throughout your home.

Although local municipal water supplies may be perfectly clean and clear, it is entirely possible that chlorine levels may fluctuate throughout the year as bacterial levels change due to excessive rain, spring thaw and changes to source water supplies. 

A simple flow test can be run in your home to identify the chlorine level present in your water. To do this, simply turn on your faucet and let the water run for a few minutes. Place your nose close to the water stream and take note of the level of chlorine small present. You can also run some water into a glass and smell the water in the glass. Take a sip of the water in the glass and note the taste of the water. Stronger smell and taste are indicators of increased chlorine levels present in the water. 

Chlorine and chloramines are the most common disinfectant chemicals used to treat drinking water in North America and they protect our water supplies from contamination. This is a Public Health requirement and has been revolutionary in reducing the risk of waterborne diseases globally. 

Where is the best place to start? First, confirm that you do indeed have chlorine present in your water. You can do this by arranging for a free water test through your local Water Depot location. 

Thankfully, treating your water is relatively easy with the right solution. There are a variety of specialty water treatment products that can help which are specifically designed to reduce chlorine, chloramines and their by-products.

The Water Depot Chloramax Whole Home System reduces chlorine, chloramines, THMs, pesticides, herbicides, particles and taste/odour issues, all while maintaining the natural minerals found in your water. This system also offers a chemical and salt-free solution with minimal maintenance required. 

If your municipal water also has a high level of hardness minerals, the Chloramax Twin Whole Home System is ideal. It combines Water Depot’s Premium Water Softeners with the Chloramax’s ability to reduce chemicals in one system, leaving you with the cleanest, softest water possible. A great bonus to the twin system is that it also eliminates scale build-up and staining. 

Water Depot Aurora is under new management. The Newmarket and Aurora locations are now under the same ownership, which means customers can use their water accounts at either location. To arrange a free water test, call 905-751-0845.