Are Copper Pipes Safe?

Are Copper Pipes Safe? When considering piping options, a material’s safety should be a primary consideration along with reliability, durability and other performance factors. As a long-standing option for piping, it’s important for contractors, building owners, homeowners and municipal officials to understand how a material like copper measures up in terms of health, safety and … more

Leaching, Permeation

Study: Majority of Leached Substances Are Carcinogenic, Toxic, or Unregulated

Study: Majority of Leached Substances Are Carcinogenic, Toxic, or Unregulated A recent poll found only around half of Americans trust the safety of their tap water. Are their fears justified? They may be. According to a recent study, 163 total substances leach from plastic piping systems into potable water. Of these, some are proven carcinogens, some are reproductive … more

Leaching

Disinfectants Cause Odorous Chemicals to Leach from Plastic Piping

Disinfectants Cause Odorous Chemicals to Leach from Plastic Piping Piping and distribution systems can have a direct effect on the taste, odor and quality of drinking water. While North America’s water supply may be more secure that other parts of the world, water quality threats are still present. Nearly two-thirds of water resource experts characterize … more

Leaching

Water Quality History: The Rise and Fall of Lead Piping

Water Quality History: The Rise and Fall of Lead Piping Lead piping was used in almost every major U.S. city for many plumbing applications in 1900, including to transport drinking water. While material decisions have changed over the years, millions of lead pipes are still in place across America. As demonstrated by Flint, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, … more

Leaching

Are Chemicals Leaching into Potable Water Systems a Problem for Sustainably Designed Buildings?

Are Chemicals Leaching into Potable Water Systems a Problem for Sustainably Designed Buildings? Interest in sustainably designed buildings continues to grow among building owners and facility managers. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Green Building Council, 27 percent of respondents said green projects made up over 60 percent of their work; furthermore, … more

Leaching

Study Highlights Limited Environmental Standards for Leachable Substances into Drinking Water

Study Highlights Limited Environmental Standards for Leachable Substances into Drinking Water A new study conducted by Gradient, an environmental and risk sciences consulting firm, examined the chemical composition of six commonly used commercial construction plastic piping materials and identified their leaching potential.  A total of 163 substances were identified in these piping materials, of which … more

Leaching

New Video Highlights Health Risks Associated with Piping Materials

New Video Highlights Health Risks Associated with Piping Materials Plastic piping is a cheap option for drinking water systems. But does value engineering justify taking a health risk? While there are many different types of plastic pipes used today, they are all unnatural and made from a complicated blend of chemicals.   Watch the video below to … more

Leaching, Microplastics, Permeation