Shift to ‘chloramines’ brings water concerns

When the Babson drinking water treatment plant reopens this summer after months of state-mandated emergency repair work, it will employ a new chemical disinfectant system intended to prevent a repeat of last year’s bacteria crisis.

But a group of residents fear the new chemical disinfectants, called chloramines, could actually make Gloucester drinking water more dangerous.

Citing a body of Internet-posted research and grassroots campaigns across the country to stop the spread of chloramines, the residents, led by local nurse Pat Murphy, are calling for the city to delay the switchover.

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