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02/17/2016 05:00 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

We have all heard about Flint, MI, and the dire problems the residents have been facing. It has left the rest of the country sympathetic and concerned about their local water’s quality. The reality is that this fear, anger and criticism is well justified.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),nearly 40 million Americans consume lead-contaminated water every day

 

What is lead-contaminated water and why is it bad?

Lead, at any dosage, is toxic to the body when ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It accumulates in the body and can cause lead poisoning. Lead has been known to cause learning disabilities, hypertension, headaches and behavioral problems when consumed by children. Lead consumed by adults can cause high blood pressure and disorientation, as well as damaging the nervous system, stomach, brain, kidneys and red blood cells. Some effects of lead poisoning are permanent.

Lead can make its way into a clean water system due to mining, smelting and similar operations. But homes built before the mid 1980s often were constructed with pipes, fixtures or solder that contain lead. Lead pipes, brass/bronze fixtures, copper pipes and galvanized pipes have been known to cause lead-leaching, due to lead in the metal or lead solder or fixtures commonly used with those types of pipes.

When clean drinking water passes through pipes, fixtures or solder that contain lead, the water can corrode the pipes, fixtures or solder, thereby releasing the lead that is then picked up (leached) by the water. Then this water goes to the tap and you consume it.

Some water is more corrosive than others, due to water acidity, high temperature, low dissolved solids and high amounts of dissolved oxygen or carbon dioxide. Corrosive water corrodes pipes, fixtures and solder faster than average, so lead leaching is definitely a concern where there is corrosive or aggressive water.

 

Why isn’t the government doing anything about it?

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the United States’ law that says that every public water system in the country should ensure safe drinking water for the people. It was signed into law at the very end of 1974. In 1986, an amendment was added that requires regulation and filtration for contaminants and gives the public the right to know what exactly is in their water and how it is treated.

The most recent amendment, in 2011, is the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that tightened the definition of "lead-free” plumbing fixtures and fittings that are legally allowed in water distribution systems. This amendment went into effect in 2014.

Local governments are having infrastructure crises. The bridges, roads and pipes that were installed a century ago are falling apart, and Americans have noticed. While these are necessities to continue daily life for all citizens, local governments have been struggling to find the resources and strategies to fix or replace the aging and breaking infrastructure. Money, time, downtime, manpower and technologies are all resources that most local governments do not currently have. This has left the public feeling frustrated and disappointed, with good reason.

 

What can I do to prevent lead-leaching in my home or building?

If you own a house or work in a commercial building that was built before the mid 80s, there is a good chance that the water distribution system contains lead. If the home or building has galvanized or copper pipes, these pipes may have lead solder or other lead content that will contaminate the water. Lead is also commonly leached into drinking water through lead service pipes, because many U.S. cities still have lead service pipes that transport water.

We offer our customers the most innovative, beneficial solution that has been proven to stop lead leaching into clean water: the ePIPE epoxy coating technology.

The patented ePIPE pipe lining process uses blown-in technology to create a protective epoxy barrier coating inside water pipes. This coating prevents water from touching the lead pipes, fittings, flux or solder, thereby preventing lead leaching or leaching of any metals. Environmentally friendly, as well as family-friendly, this method is non-destructive, so there isn’t any tearing out walls, floors, ceilings or landscape. The disruption is very minimal, if at all, and relocation of residents or tenants is not needed. (The ePIPE technology also prevents or mitigates pinhole leaks, corrosion, discolored water and other common problems in water systems.)

Utilizing the ePIPE technology is the solution you are looking for if you want to protect your family from lead poisoning. Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

 

 

Vic Caso
Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com
713-697-2088

 

 


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