Project #4698

Evaluation of Lead Pipe Detection by Electrical Resistance Measurement

$69,500
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Vincent
Roy
Research Manager
Mr. Jonathan Cuppett
Contractor
Imperia Engineering Partners
Lead & Copper
Pipes
Distribution System Management
Water Quality

Abstract

Precision electrical resistance has been identified as a testing method that could be used to determine the composition (lead or copper) of underground water service lines, but other potential techniques may exist. This project will investigate various testing options to develop a methodology for discerning, to the extent possible, the composition of service lines from the street main to the property owner’s home or business. The research will also consider external influences that could affect these testing methods, such as soil conditions, proximity of other pipes (such as sewer and gas), and effects of internal home distribution piping.

Facilitated Research Partner: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

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