Both chloramines and chlorine are toxic in dialysis water and must be removed from water used in dialysis machines. It is safe for dialysis patients to drink, cook with, and bathe in chloraminated and chlorinated water because the digestive process neutralizes both before it enters the bloodstream. All affected kidney dialysis clinics and medical facilities have been notified.
Unlike chlorine, chloramines cannot be removed by boiling water or letting water stand in an open container to dissipate. Medical centers that perform dialysis are responsible for purifying water used in dialysis machines.
Customers with home dialysis equipment should contact their physicians and check with equipment manufacturers for information on proper adjustments to equipment.