With an aim to enhance the purity and safety of of drinking water, a St. Louis located team if engineers at the Washington University came up with a new technology capable of modelling and tracking down the lead particles build up. This can be done while the plumbing teams are working with partial lead service line (LSL) replacement of old pipes.
The infusion of lead into water supplies takes place because of corrosion which is also a very serious risk related with lead water pipes. It can contaminate the water and lead to various health hazards such as having an adverse effect on development of children or leading to detrimental neurological disorders. Though the administrative services banned usage of these pipes long back considering the fact that these supplied water to millions of homes that need water supply every other day.
One of the most regular solutions is to gid out the lead pipes and replace those parts of them with other new metals like copper or steel. A replacement of this type can easily dislodge particles of lead and release these into the water supply. Also, partial LSL substitution can be very costly and a very tough procedure. The sophisticated and expensive nature of the challenges related with these substitutions is the reason why this new development sounds so interesting. It was led by the assistant vice chancellor of the university, Pratim Biswas and a research assistant, Ahmed A. Abokifa.
Biswas, further adds, ““We all know lead is not safe, it needs to go. This is the first comprehensive model that works as a tool to help drinking water utility companies and others to predict the outcome of an action. If they have the necessary information of a potential action, they can run this model, and it can advise them on how best to proceed with a pipe replacement to ensure there are no adverse effects.”
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