Copper has the Ability to Provide Safe Water and Clean Air

Copper has the Ability to Provide Safe Water and Clean Air
11 Mar 2016

By Andrew Kireta Jr.

Vice President, Copper Development Association

Safe water and clean air — the two things that I’d want if I was on a deserted island — also the two things that you and I often take for granted on a daily basis. Today, on World Plumbing Day, I’m reminded that sadly much of the world does not have access to the items on my list, mainly because they do not have the proper plumbing materials.

In North America, and in much of the developing world, our water is safe and our air is clean, in many cases, thanks to mankind’s oldest metal. In fact, copper is used in more than 85 percent of homes. Due to its ability to inhibit the breeding of harmful germs, it is virtually maintenance free and it is dependable, copper meets or exceeds building codes in all 50 states. It is also used in commercial properties and multi-residential buildings to deliver safe water and clean air.

Copper adds to system integrity while lowering installation costs. Its workability can cut installation time and reduce labor cost. Tubes and fitting are easily joined by soldering or brazing. And it is so ductile that it can be formed to fit most design configurations. Since copper is rigid as well as readily formable, it adds to total system integrity even when subjected to adverse conditions.

With copper readily available, don’t ignore what’s hidden behind the walls until it’s too late. Do what 94 percent of plumbers do: use copper in your home—and enjoy worry-free plumbing.

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