Your drinking water might be safer, but your home is at risk for water damage caused by the possible failure of state-mandated copper piping, warns the California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CalPASC). Why is this? Why are copper pipes failing? The simplest answer is chloramines found in our home’s water. Chloramines are compounds containing a mixture of chlorine and ammonia that extend the disinfecting power of chlorine in drinking water. Research presented at CalPASC’s recent Drinking Water Symposium points to copper pipe failure caused by the presence of chloramines in California’s water systems. Following federal guidelines from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies over 60 percent of the drinking water to cities in California, has switched to the use of chloramines to keep drinking water bacteria free. More than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with chloramines, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Pinhole leaks are seemingly tiny problems that can lead to big repairs. Because of their small size, the leaks can go undetected for months, leading to mildew and water damage, and can waste gallons of water. There are two types of water: “working water” and drinking water. Working water is what we use to wash clothes, water our lawns, shower ourselves, or otherwise use in ways we do NOT ingest. Drinking water, on the other hand, is the water we intake directly—either by drinking or indirectly through cooking—and represents only about two percent of the water we use. If your home is connected to a municipal water supply, you will be in contact with chlorine or, more recently, chloramines. Chloramine disinfection is used by many water companies in the Bay Area. Having chloramines disinfect your water supply by your water company is a good thing, but you don’t need it coming into your house, where your pipes and drinking water are affected. So, what is the solution? The Water Quality Association recommends that you install in-home water purification systems, whole-house water filtration systems, and/or reverse osmosis drinking water systems that have been rigorously tested and certified to independent standards. Rayne Water Corporation and Rayne of Irvine however, announce the new Chloramine Buster water treatment systems. This system is specifically designed for Orange County Residents to help prevent copper plumbing pinhole leaks caused by the addition of chloramines from municipalities to treat the local water. For more information visit:
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