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Proper Copper Pipe Installation

To Protect our Water Supply

Plumbing installation practices can impact drinking water quality. Copper is an acute contaminant that can cause gastrointestinal upset and other health problems. Installing copper pipe incorrectly can increase the copper concentration in drinking water above the national water quality standard. Metal shavings left in the pipe can also impact taste and odor.

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To Protect our Environment

Like other heavy metals that accumulate in San Francisco Bay, excessive copper has a negative environmental impact. Of the copper discharged to the Bay from wastewater treatment plants, about 60% is believed to be from copper pipe corrosion. Copper is acutely toxic to plankton, and accumulates in shellfish, affecting their reproduction and growth. Impacts to these and other species can upset the natural balance of species.

Proper Copper Pipe Installation Tips

This handy brochure from the Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group offers tips to copper pipe installers which include:

  • System design
  • Reaming and cleaning
  • Selecting the correct flux and
  • Line flushing

Last updated: 3/24/2015 10:59:23 AM