Plumbers are Key to Ensuring Clean Water

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.

For centuries, plumbers, engineers and sanitation workers have united to remove harmful bacteria and pollutants from dissipating into drinking water, often made possible by the materials employed.

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.Photo 4

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!”



  1. Gerald Shandera Says: July 7, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Copper is by far the best material for waterlines. I repiped numerous schools that had galvanized waterlines. When you turned on the drinking fountains the water looked like urine it was so yellow. Actually, I think if your urine was that dark of a yellow you would’ve been wise to see a doctor. Copper is definitely my choice for waterlines.

  2. Sylvan Tieger Says: August 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Sylvan Tieger

    For water service I have consistently used either Red brass (85% copper -15% Zinc) or T.P copper and Type L copper tubing above ground and type K for under ground service. Even for hydronic heating I use L tubing slightly over sized to prevent erosion from excessive velocity

    Cast Iron for waste and soil lines

    Both of these products are very easy to recycle

    I figured I have been using copper from 1965 so why not stick with a proven product

    When I was once called to do the flashing on a roof in Manhattan I turned to lead coated 14 Oz copper as I wanted to make sure the job would have maintainence free longevity

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