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Dialysis patients, fish tank owners should prepare for chloramine conversion

The City of Sugar Land plans to begin using chloramines to disinfect its public drinking water on August 15.

The change from chlorine to chloramines is necessary as Sugar Land transitions to the use of legislatively mandated surface water.  Chloramines will reduce the levels of disinfection byproducts in the City’s water 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.

Water with chloramines can also be toxic to fish; however, it’s safe for all other animals.  Chemicals or filters used in fish tanks should be designed for water treated with chloramines.

Residents notified

The City has notified residents of the change in a number of ways.

• An announcement was sent to homeowner associations for inclusion in neighborhood newsletters.

• Letters were sent to area physicians, dialysis centers and the City’s wholesale water customer, Fort Bend Municipal Utility District 128.

• Pet store managers were provided flyers to alert their customers.

For questions concerning the change, contact 281-275-2450.

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