City Notifying Residents of Changes to Drinking Water
produced by the City of Richmond
The City of Richmond plans to begin using chloramines to disinfect its public drinking water in September 2017. This change from chlorine to chloramines is necessary as Richmond transitions to the use of legislatively mandated surface water early next year. This change is intended to benefit customers by reducing the levels of disinfection byproducts (DBP’s) in the system, while still providing protection from waterborne disease.
The change to chloramines can impact people dependent on dialysis machines. A toxic condition known as hemolytic anemia can occur if the disinfectant is not completely removed from water used in dialysis machines. Dialysis patients typically utilize a device such as a charcoal filter to remove the chloramine from their water. Medical facilities should also determine if additional precautions are required for other medical equipment.
In addition, chloraminated water can also be toxic to fish; however, it is safe for all other animals. If you have a fish tank, please make sure that the chemicals or filters that you are using are designed for use in water that has been treated with chloramines.
For more information, please see the City’s Public Works Department web page at departments/public-works/water-department or contact the City of Richmond Public Works at (281) 342-0559.