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    Hello,

    I am building a new home and cofused about how I want to filter my water.

    We have Chicago water from Lake Michigan. I would like to remove the chlorine.

    On some other forums, I read that using a whole house filter to remove chlorine could cause bio slime in some runs of pipe that are not used frquestly (to outdoor house bibs in the winter, basement slop sinks, etc). Is this a real concern? If so, should I just filter the water where I want to drink it?

    If I filter the kitchen water only, can I use one inline filter that will filter the kitchen sink and ice maker, but not require a special faucet at the sink? Does the filter have to be a large tank under my sink or is there something smaller that I could place in the line in the basement?

    I have tried to search for the answers, but haven't really found anything.

    Thanks in advance,
    Al

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    As long as you use a "Carbon" filter instead of a sediment filter it will remove the chlorine from the water.
    You can use a "Whole house" or you can use it for the sink and ice maker.
    http://www.rainfresh.ca/sediment_filters.php
    http://www.rainfresh.ca/images/CF2.pdf
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    Usually the easiest place to install it, AND maintain it, is in the line between the valve at the wall and the faucet's inlet.

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    Yes, I would just use the inline filter if I want to filter only certain areas. The "whole house" carbon system filter can be used to get the chlorine out in general but find one thats easy to maintain.
    Have you tried the new InSinkErator?
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    Chloramine sounds like a real poison: And one of the ways to remove it from water is via superchlorination with chlorine. [!]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloramine

    http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Rem...lth&id=5276443

    Looks like 1000 MG of vitamin C can remove the chloramine in 40 gallons of water. Sounds cheaper than carbon filters.
    Last edited by ballvalve; 12-25-2010 at 11:08 AM.

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    In my opinion, whole houes dechlorination is not a good idea. You can get things growing in ALL the pipes. Use a point of use filter for drinking/cooking, icemaker. If skin allergies is an issue, you can get a shower head chlorine filter.

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    I agree with point of use, but so many of us on well water have never used chlorine and our pipes are clean and remain so.

    I chlorinate perhaps once every 5 or 7 years or when I open the cap for some reason, and of course very seriously when drilled [which so many do not] , and when you open my toilet tanks they are still clean porcelin without any colors.

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