Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC, (PRT) makers of the ePIPE, Lead-Free Leak-Free™ product line, announced that a lead test recently conducted after an ePIPE restoration project revealed the patented epoxy coating is the fastest method to safely bring lead leaching into compliance. Independent test results showed that after ePIPE was applied to the lead pipes, lead leaching in the tap water was reduced to levels far below the United States EPA’s cutoff of 15ppb.
Properties built before 1996 have been found to have dangerous levels of toxic lead leaching into their drinking water due to various lead contributors, which include lead pipes, lead solder and brass fittings. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says that between 15 million to 22 million people in the U.S. get tap water through service lines with lead contaminants. Most Americans find this extremely worrisome.
Not only do the public mains and branch lines need to be protected, but the pipes inside buildings and homes may also have lead contributors that make the tap water unsafe for consumption. Preventing all of the pipes leading up to the tap from coming in contact with lead contributors is necessary. Homeowners, landlords, property managers, facility managers and building engineers should act accordingly and immediately to reduce health hazards.
“This week is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, so we feel it is our responsibility to let the American public know there is a fast, affordable, non-destructive and non-disruptive way to protect tap water from lead – it’s called ePIPE,” ACE DuraFlo® CEO Larry Gillanders said. “ePIPE is the fastest, most affordable, long-term solution to prevent dire domestic water challenges inside public or private buildings, homes, facilities and structures. We want to educate and inform the public about repipe alternatives that have benefits that far outweigh repipes.”
As leaders in the pipe lining industry, the global ePIPE team has been involved in cutting-edge projects in the U.S. and abroad where ePIPE is used as an affordable process to make pipes with lead contributors safe without causing disruption to streets, destruction to private property or tenant/resident relocation.
ePIPE was recently used for the first lead service line remediation project with modern technology in the U.S. The project was performed in conjunction with Providence Water, to protect lead service lines to houses located in Providence, RI. Providence Water did not want to disturb the structures of the century-old houses or the historical trees that are on their properties, located above the lead branch lines. The independent water tests that were conducted post-ePIPE showed lead levels were reduced to less than 1ppb (well below the EPA cutoff level of 15ppb), ensuring the tap water is healthy and safe to drink. ePIPE effectively brought lead leaching into compliance without having to destroy private property or disrupt street traffic.
ePIPE is a patented pipe lining process approved by NSF for an immediate return to service in as little as 90 minutes. ePIPE provides one of the fastest return to service epoxy lining products in the world, designed for protecting drinking water pipes from leaks, lead and copper leaching, among many other common problems.
Pipes from 1/2'' up to 6'' are treatable using the patented ePIPE LeadSmart system and materials. ePIPE is used to rehabilitate potable water lines, including lead service lines, natural gas lines, HVAC, drains and fire sprinkler systems in homes, apartments, high-rise hotel/resorts, office towers, high-rise apartments, condominiums and schools without the disadvantages of traditional pipe replacement projects.