Traditional research has focused on the visible effects of corrosion - failures, leaks, and financial debits - and often overlooked the more hidden health and aesthetic aspects. Clearly, corrosion of copper pipe can lead to levels of copper in the drinking water that exceed health guidelines and cause bitter or metallic tasting water. Because water will continue to be conveyed to consumers worldwide through metal pipes, the water industry has to consider both the effects of water quality on corrosion and the effects of corrosion on water quality. Integrating four key factors - chemical/biological causes, economics, health and aesthetics - is critical for managing the distribution system to produce safe water that consumers will use with confidence. As technological developments improve copper pipes to minimize scaling and corrosion, it is essential to consider the health and aesthetic effects on an equal plane with chemical/biological causes and economics to produce water that is acceptable for public consumption.
Health and aesthetic impacts of copper corrosion on drinking water
A.M. Dietrich, D. Glindemann, F. Pizarro, V. Gidi, M. Olivares, M. Araya, A. Camper, S. Duncan, S. Dwyer, A.J. Whelton, T. Younos, S. Subramanian, G.A. Burlingame, D. Khiari, M. Edwards; Health and aesthetic impacts of copper corrosion on drinking water. Water Sci Technol 1 January 2004; 49 (2): 55–62. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2004.0087
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