Are free chlorine and chloramines harmful for dialysis patients?

Both free chlorine and chloramines may harm kidney dialysis patients during the dialysis process if it is not removed from water before passing into the bloodstream. The city will inform dialysis centers in the city of Sugar Land about the temporary switch from chloramine to free chlorine prior to the conversion. Dialysis patients may drink water treated with either free chlorine or chloramines because the digestive process neutralizes these chemicals before they can enter the bloodstream.

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1. What is chloramine?
2. What is free chlorine?
3. What is a free chlorine conversion?
4. What is the purpose and/or benefit of a free chlorine conversion?
5. Are free chlorine conversions a common practice among water systems?
6. How long will the free chlorine conversion last?
7. Does the free chlorine conversion pose any health risks? Will the water be safe to drink and use?
8. Will my water taste or smell different during the free chlorine conversion?
9. Are free chlorine and chloramines harmful for dialysis patients?
10. Why all the flushing?
11. Could I see a drop in water pressure due to hydrant flushing in my area?
12. Can hydrant flushing in my area cause cloudiness or sediment in my water?
13. Will pool owners need to treat water differently?
14. What does this mean for aquarium and pond owners?
15. How can I remove chlorine from my water?
16. Is the free chlorine conversion associated with the coronavirus?
17. Is this the first time that the city has implemented a free chlorine conversion?
18. Where can I learn more about drinking water disinfection and free chlorine conversions?