Rusty Pipes and Drinking Water
Here’s something that you probably don’t spend a lot of time wondering about, but are rusty pipes putting our drinking water at risk? According to this report by the Reuters, it’s a bigger problem than many of us realize. Christine Stebbins reports:
More than 170,000 public water systems are at work to keep tap water flowing into American homes and meeting the standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.
But after the extensive purifying process, water ends up in your glass after traveling through pipes laid under city streets 50, 60 or 100 years ago.
Those pipes -- made mostly from iron until plastic was introduced 30 years ago -- span almost one million miles in the United States.
As the iron pipes corrode and break, not only does water escape, but also diseases get in, experts say.
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