Why is my public water system using chloramine?

Chloramine is an effective disinfectant and persists over a long period of time, particularly in areas with high temperatures. This makes chloramine very useful in Texas’ large distribution systems such as those of cities with numerous connections and in rural water systems with fewer connections spread out over a large geographic area.

Chloramine typically produces lower levels of regulated disinfection by-products (such as total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) or haloacetic acids (HAA5)) compared to free chlorine because it is less reactive with naturally occurring organic matter that may be in the water.

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1. Why is drinking water disinfected?
2. What are the drinking water disinfection requirements in Texas?
3. What is chloramine?
4. Why is my public water system using chloramine?
5. What are disinfection by-products?
6. Is chloramine safe?
7. What is a free chlorine conversion?
8. Why is my water system conducting a free chlorine conversion?
9. Are there any disadvantages to a free chlorine conversion?