Hope everyone is having a good weekend and had a very relaxing Thanksgiving dinner with family, friends and loved ones. As the title reads, Thanksgiving has nothing to do with microbes or soil nutrients but your tap water or aged jugs may contain something far more toxic than any conversation you may have with that fringe psycho uncle that gets drunk and swears the earth is flat.
Almost everyone knows that most municipalities treat their water with Ozone at the treatment plant and chlorine in the pipes to kill bacteria and germs. However, most don’t know that SOME cities have switched from Chlorine to Chloramine. They both look like they are spelled close enough to be the same thing but you would be dead wrong. Chloramine is a toxic disaster to those beneficial microbes we love to cultivate and have babysit our cannabis roots.
Chlorine VS Chloramine
Chlorine is an easy enough element to avoid if you let your jugs of water sit out and let the chlorine evaporate for a day or two. Most end up with decent water with very little trace elements and particles in the water after 24-48 hours of resting. That’s until you do a little digging and find out your city NOW uses Chloramine. What is Chloramine you ask? Well it’s a nasty little combination of ammonia and chlorine together to create a very long lasting residual in the water you’re feeding your plants, killing the microbes your soil the entire time. Chlorine ISN’T a problem, but Chloramine is a BIG Friggin problem.
Well, what is Chloramine and why is it a problem? Good question!
Chlorine will evaporate from your standing water supply in as little as 12 hours and up to 48 hours depending on the amount of water.
On the other hand, Chloramine is an Ammonia and Chlorine mix that is stable in water and can last for WEEKS, yes I said WEEKS.
Can it be removed as easily as Chlorine? Not a chance.
Removal of Chloramine requires UV light, RO machines or Vitamin C neutralization, which takes quite a long time to achieve.
I know, feels like another gut punch doesn’t it? Just when you think you have everything figured out and you’re on a roll, something else pops up to bite you on the rear end.
I know there are rules about links and such but anyone can do a cursory search of the interwebz and see if their city is using Chlorine or Chloramine. Sadly, mine is and now I have to figure out how to get rid of it before my next round of plants.
Looks like I’ll be boiling a crap ton of water before too long.