Project #4910

Evaluating Key Factors that Affect the Accumulation and Release of Lead from Galvanized Pipes

$439,761
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Marc
Edwards
Research Manager
Mr. Jonathan Cuppett
Contractor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Lead & Copper
Customer Relations & Stakeholder Engagement
Corrosion
Pipes

Abstract

This project will develop cutting edge tools that will evaluate links between galvanized iron pipe (GIP) and lead (Pb) release, by (1) scientifically assessing customers’ concerns related to GIP corrosion and possible association with Pb in water, (2) characterizing the nature of iron (Fe) and Pb release to drinking water from known sources, and (3) examining Fe and Pb release from GIP using bench-scale testing. In addition, public education materials will be developed related to GIP and Pb release.