4 WAYS TO DEAL WITH COPPER PIPE CORROSION
1. PH LEVELS
If the laboratory tests show that the pH levels of your water are too acidic then a corrosion-resistant chemical feed pump will be installed that will release sodium hydroxide solution into the water. This will raise the pH level of your water making it alkaline. Ideally, you are looking to have the pH level around 7 for your water.
Alternatively, a pressure vessel filled with calcite can also be used to raise the pH level of your water.
2. HIGH LEVELS OF DISSOLVED OXYGEN
Reducing dissolved oxygen levels can be challenging. However, a flexible membrane or floating disc can be added to the pressure tank. This will help reduce the water’s contact with air.
3. HIGH LEVELS OF SALTS DISSOLVED IN THE WATER
If your water testing results reveal that your salt levels are too high then a reverse osmosis system will need to be installed.
Reverse osmosis refers to the way in which water is processed and treated so that salts are removed from the water. This is achieved by using pressure that forces the water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. As a result, the salt gets trapped in the semipermeable membrane where it is filtered and flushed out. All that’s left now is clean drinking water.
4. HIGH VELOCITY OF THE WATER
If you need to reduce the flow rate (velocity) of your water then consider using larger diameter pipes which can slow the flow rate of the water down.
The velocity for a pipe with cold water should be around 2.4 meters per second.
Copper pipe corrosion can be a factor for people using underground borehole and well-point water. However, it’s something that can be addressed and dealt with through the above-mentioned methods.
In these uncertain times in which we live having your own source of water is essential. Equally essential is ensuring your underground water is clean, drinkable, and not running through corroded copper pipes. It takes a willingness to be proactive and the decision to invest some money into it but it’s the best investment you’ll ever make! Never forget, water is life!