Chloramine is a disinfectant used to treat drinking water. It is formed by mixing chlorine with ammonia. Although it is a weaker disinfectant than chlorine, it is more stable which extends its disinfectant benefits throughout a water utility’s distribution system (a system of pipes that delivers water to homes). Unfortunately it can cause leaching of lead from lead pipes, lead soldering and from so-called ‘lead’free’ brass plumbing parts–resulting in neurological dmaage, health problems and even death in young children.

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