Yes, Applied appropriately, both free chlorine and chloramines are safe and effective disinfectants. Spotsylvania County Utilities communicates regularly with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and strictly follows its guidelines on the minimum and maximum chlorine levels. Both forms of chlorinated water are safe for people and animals to drink, for cooking and bathing, watering lawns and plants, and for all other common uses. However, precautions must be taken to remove or neutralize chloramines and free chlorine during the kidney dialysis process, in the preparation of water for fish tanks and ponds, and for businesses requiring highly-processed water. A de-chlorination procedure optimized for removing chloramines will also remove free chlorine.