Advantages of Stainless Steel Pipe
Since stainless steel pipe does not cause post-treatment contamination, it is an ideal material to convey drinking water from source to consumer. In fact, authorities predict that stainless steel will become the material of choice for water conveyance and may be mandated for use in the future by government agencies, cities and towns.
Environmentally speaking, stainless steel pipe is a smart choice. It has a longer working life and is a desirable recycle or reuse product. Stainless steel minimizes the impact to our environment from mining to reclamation.
Stainless steel has applications across a broad range of uses that include residential, commercial and industrial installations. Stainless steel pipe systems can be found in medical facilities, food production facilities and in energy production applications, to name but a few examples. Because of its versatility, it is expected that stainless steel pipe installations with continue to grow well into the future.
Let’s start with water delivery. Quite simply, clean water is essential to healthy life. Effective delivery of clean, fresh drinking water is a primary objective of water delivery system designs worldwide. Because of its smooth surface and high resistance to corrosion and chemical leaching, stainless steel pipe is the superior choice with regard to hygienic delivery of potable water. While other materials have been extensively used in the past for conveying water from the treatment plant to the point of use, these materials can contribute to the post-treatment contamination of potable water as described below:
• Galvanized Iron: Oxidation can cause rust to form and wash into the potable water. Long-term consumption of this type of post-treatment contamination has been associated with a variety of health concerns, including diarrhea, stomach ache, nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, liver failure and major cardiovascular complications characterized by rapid breathing, increased heart rate and weak, erratic pulse. (Source: The Deadly Effects of Human Rust Ingestion, https://www.krown.com/blog/2014/08/deadly-effects-human-rust-ingestion/ 8/1/2014)
• Plastic: Most plastic products are manufactured utilizing plasticizers that produce phthalates, which have been linked to a variety of cancers and other medical conditions. In addition, plastics may allow light to permeate the pipe causing photosynthesis to occur, which results in the growth of microorganisms and algae resulting in contamination to the water.
• Copper: Environmental conditions may cause the formation of copper oxide. Copper oxide contains copper sulfate and copper carbonate which are both water soluble. These copper pipe byproducts can irritate mucus membranes and the intestinal tracts, and our livers are unable to process copper sulfate. Scientific research in the United States has revealed that cirrhosis and liver cancer are related to post-treatment contamination of water containing copper sulfate. (Source: http://water.usgs.gov/edu/groundwater-contaminants.html )