The United States has great water treatment plants that filter and purify water using technological advances to produce some of the cleanest water worldwide, sometimes even award-winning water! However, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given our drinking water a D in their report card. How can award-winning water receive a D? Poor water infrastructure.
The United States installed underground water infrastructure during three main periods: the 1800s, 1900-45, and after 1945, making our water infrastructure at least 50 years old! This infrastructure is comprised of cast iron pipes, which are prone to corrosion and tuberculation.
What is tuberculation?Tuberculation is a form of internal corrosion and biofilm contamination that develops in iron pipes through chemical reactions. These chemical reactions create mounds of corrosion, and potentially, bacteria along the inside of the pipe. The space available for clean water to travel through is diminished, creating capacity and pressure loss, increased pumping costs, inadequate water supply for fire protection, water leakage, and water main bursts.
Sometimes, the mounds break off and travel with your water to your tap, resulting in water cloudiness, red water, and off-taste and odor. Tuberculation can also create breeding grounds for bacteria. Even if bacteria does not grow in the pipes, it is gross to think your award-winning tasting water is traveling through and with corroded pipe and biofilm contamination.
Our environmentally-friendly suggestion to ensure your office is always drinking state-of-the-art filtered water? Bottleless water coolers.