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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- May 28, 2008
Date:6/2/2008

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Lead leaching and faucet corrosion in PVC home plumbing
Environmental Science & Technology

Scientists in Virginia are reporting that home plumbing systems constructed with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic pipes may be more susceptible to leaching of lead and copper into drinking water than other types of piping especially when PVC systems include brass fixtures and pipefittings. The study is scheduled for the June 15 issue of ACS Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

Marc Edwards and colleagues point out that more water purification plants in the United States are using chloramine to treat water. At the same time, builders are plumbing more houses with plastic pipe, rather than copper, to cut costs. Past studies have found that ammonia formed in chloramine-treated water can trigger a series of events that corrode brass faucet components and connectors commonly used in PVC plumbing systems. Corrosion of brass (made with copper, zinc and lead) releases those metals into water pipes and makes faucets prone to failure.

In the new study, researchers sampled water from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), copper, lead, and other pipe material under a range of experimental conditions. They found that corrosive conditions were often worst in plastic pipes, which could be expected to cause higher metal leaching of zinc and lead from brass faucets used in homes and buildings. AD

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Nitrification in Premise Plumbing: Role of Phosphate, pH and Pipe Corrosion

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Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7236
Fax: (540) 231-7916
Email: edwardsm@vt.edu


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