posted on Jul, 24 2015 @ 10:08 AM
a reply to: TrueBrit
Nothing to do with CEO pay, and you can't really armour pipes in the ground. My father owns a plumbing company, so I've seen the different kinds of
pipes, a thousand leaks, and the current state of the tech used. We went from lead pipes, to steel/iron pipes, to copper, and now pex hard plastic
pipes. The ground in Texas shifts a bit over time, so leaks are to be expected. You can't do much for the older pipes, they can only resist so much
pressure, and corrosion over time. Eventually a leak will come into play somewhere along a line, and roots will seek it out. That doesn't much happen
to copper pipes, rather sewage.
The pex is current standard for many counties. It's a bit more flexible and quite strong, so is superior overall. The problem with pex is the crimping
system to attach pipe together. It needs to be reworked, because per fitting we have more leaks using pex over copper. You can become proficient
soldering and rarely have a leak, but pex requires a little luck and even if you test leak free after the dirt is poured over we've seen leaks happen.
I think water treatment needs to get overhauled in the USA. I'd be much more concerned for bugs that are resistant to the chlorine and other chemicals
we use to filter them out. There's really no source of water that can be contaminant free. If you get bottled water, you bypass the county/state
guidelines and are putting faith in the company to give you good water. You also deal with the plastic leaching of the container. Well water? I'll not
take my chances. I purchase 5 gallons at a time through a redbox looking dispenser. It does a lot more extra filtering, but even then the filters have
regular scheduled replacement. If the machine gets used too much, the filters could get clogged with gunk and keep dispensing. Then you get a
concentrated blast and man that's a horrible taste I've done it before with triple stage filtration under the sink.
Just don't go Howard Hughes on us. There's actually some theories relating to Alzheimer's increase correlating with purified water supplies. We need
critters to keep our immune system healthy and balanced. I'd rather not take my chances with a brain eating parasite, thou