Outdated Iron Pipe Systems are Corroding Australian Water Quality

Iron corrosion is one of the most complicated and costly problems facing Australian water utilities and Government authorities.
Corrosion is the degradation of metal and is caused by oxidation or chemical action. If corrosion occurs in water distribution pipelines, valves and fixtures, it can cause the degradation of the quality of drinking water.

Iron and sulphur bacteria contribute to the corrosion of iron and steel bore pipes and drinking water mains.

Australian guidelines seek to ensure that drinking water is free of microorganisms that can cause disease.

The appearance, taste, odour, and ‘feel’ of water determine what people experience when they drink or use water and how they rate its quality; other physical characteristics can suggest whether corrosion and encrustation are likely to be significant problems in pipes or fittings.

PVC pipe is a proven and extremely durable alternative to traditional corrosion-prone pipe materials. Unlike metal piping, PVC won’t rust or corrode over time because it does not react with air and water. This eliminates the need to specify corrosion protection methods that have become standard procedure for piping.

With PVC, long-term durability is not compromised.

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