Erin Brokovich denounces Nipomo water additive
September 1, 2015
Environmental activist Erin Brokovich spoke out on Facebook last week against the Nipomo Community Services District’s plan to switch from chlorine to chloramine to disinfect water.
As of Tuesday, the district will begin using chloramine to disinfect water arriving in a new pipeline that runs from Santa Maria to Nipomo. Chloramine poses a threat to people with kidney disease or those undergoing dialysis. It can also be toxic to fish and aquatic life.
The district says chloramine is safe for general use when monitored correctly.
Brockovich does not agree with the districts claim that the additive is save.
Brockovich’s Facebook post:
“Water Consumers in Nipomo, California…
“You are being lied to!
“September 1, 2015… you will start drinking dangerous toxic ammonia and fluoride.
“Nipomo Community Services District Manager Michael LeBrun is telling you lies because he doesn’t know what he is talking about. “Chlorine is more volatile, and so you’ll get a taste or odor if you have a chlorinated water supply,” lied LeBrun. What you taste and smell are disinfection byproducts… chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane…not chlorine!!!
“Officials further lied saying chloramine is a quicker and more effective way to disinfect the water.
“Truth… Chloramine is a slower and much weaker disinfectant. Further…the chlorine breaks down but the ammonia does not… it becomes food for the biofilm and bacteria in the water pipes, your water heaters and your homes.
“I could go on and on… when will they just stop lying.
“They are adding the ammonia to the drinking water to sequester the chemical reactions that form toxic disinfection byproducts and comply with drinking water regulations… not for any other reason. The USEPA told them to clean the water to reduce the precursor organics… but instead they chose to go cheap…rather then clean the water they add the ammonia.
“Now you will be exposed to toxins potentially 10,000 times more toxic than the byproducts formed by chlorine alone.
“And as for the fluoride… do your own research… what a ridiculous waste and frankly…damn shame.”