Haloacetamides (HAMs), a group of nitrogenous disinfection byproducts (N-DBPs), can decompose to form corresponding intermediate products and other DBPs. The stability of ten different HAMs, including two chlorinated, five brominated, and three iodinated species was investigated with and without the presence of chlorine, chloramines, and reactive solutes such as quenching agents. The HAM basic hydrolysis and chlorination kinetics were well described by a second-order kinetics model, including first-order in HAM and hydroxide and first-order in HAM and hypochlorite, respectively, whereas the HAM neutral hydrolysis kinetic was first-order in HAM. Furthermore, HAMs decompose instantaneously when exposed to hypochlorite, which was almost two and nine orders of magnitude faster than HAM basic and neutral hydrolysis, respectively. In general, HAM hydrolysis and chlorination rates both increased with increasing pH and the number of halogens substituted on the methyl group. Moreover, chlorinated HAMs are more unstable than their brominated analogs, followed by the iodinated ones, due to the decrease in the electron-withdrawing inductive effect from chlorine to iodine atom. During hydrolysis, HAMs mainly directly decompose into the corresponding haloacetic acids (HAAs) via a nucleophilic reaction between the carbonyl carbon and hydroxide. For HAM chlorination reactions, hypochlorite reacts with HAMs to form the N-chloro-HAMs (N-Cl-HAMs) via Cl+ transfer from chlorine to the amide nitrogen. N-Cl-HAMs can further degrade to form HAAs via hypochlorous acid addition. In contrast, the reactions between chloramines and HAMs were found to be insignificant. Additionally, four common quenching agents, including sodium sulfite, sodium thiosulfate, ascorbic acid, and ammonium chloride, were demonstrated to expedite HAM degradation, whereas ammonium chloride was the least influential among the four. Taft linear free energy relationships were established for both HAM hydrolysis and chlorination reactions, based on which the hydrolysis and chlorination rate constants for three monohaloacetamides were estimated. The hydrolysis and chlorination rates of 13 HAMs decreased in the following order: TCAM > BDCAM > DBCAM > TBAM > DCAM > BCAM > DBAM > CIAM > BIAM > DIAM > MCAM > MBAM > MIAM (where C = chloro, B = bromo, I = iodo, T = tri, D = di, M = mono). Lastly, using the HAM kinetic model established in this study, HAM half-lifes in drinking water distribution systems can be predicted on the basis of pH and residual chlorine concentration. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.