Can stainless steels be used for domestic water?

Posted August 2011 by David Sear

Copper has been used for years as a means of transporting drinking water to homes and buildings. Advantages include good malleability as well as corrosion resistance.

Special compression fittings made from stainless steel

However, there are increasing concerns that copper ions released into the drinking water can undermine public health.

As Mr Buijs writes, this lead to a European Commission study into the emission values of various metals and plastics in drinking water.

Whilst the results for copper were trarther disappointing, stainless steel performed particularly well.

In his article, Mr Buijs looks at the grades of stainless steel that could be most useful, and also considers the differences between processing stainless steel and copper.

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