Plumbers are Key to Ensuring Clean Water
25 Apr 2016
You’re alive, which most likely means you have access to clean drinking water — an essential nutrient that we often take for granted but would not have without plumbing professionals. Plumbers quite possibly hold more lives in their hands than doctors. That’s right. Besides fixing annoying leaks, plumbers and pipefitters are responsible for providing the clean water we drink.
Copper tube has long been preferred for drinking water lines because of its corrosion resistance, machinability, formability, join-ability, durability, dependability, recyclability and safety. And its workability can cut installation time and reduce labor cost — copper tubes and fitting are easily joined through multiple methods to meet all system and jobsite needs and challenges.
Unlike various other materials that can be used for service lines, copper is completely impermeable – so it keeps outside chemicals from contaminating the water system. Chemicals like petroleum products that may be spilled on nearby streets and insecticides and fertilizers that are intentionally spread on yards — places where service lines are located — can permeate through the walls of plastic service lines, weakening them, and contaminate the water within. In addition, unlike lead which is a neurotoxin, copper is a dietary micronutrient, necessary for human health.
Copper is also durable and reliable. In underground applications where freezing and thawing and other natural occurrences cause the ground to settle and move, it can withstand these stresses without failure, while other materials may crack, rupture and leak. For this reason, water utilities and municipalities have moved from plastic back to copper due to its reliability in protecting the water and the long life of our critical water infrastructure.
Take a moment today to check your pipes; if your water is clean, chances are that your pipes are copper. Also, don’t forget to thank your plumber; after all, it is “Hug a Plumber Day!”