Will Your Water Filter Protect You if You Have a Boil Water Alert?
Adapted from an email communication by Marianne Metzger of National Testing Laboratories.
With the cold weather comes the increased possibility of water mains and pipes bursting. Pipes and mains are at risk in colder weather due to the expansion and contraction of the pipe material. Even a 10° change in temperature of air or water can cause significant stress on the pipes. Other factors like the material the pipe is made of, corrosion, soil conditions age. and ground movement also contribute to breaks.
There are approximately 250,000 water main breaks every year in the United States. That’s 685 breaks per day.
Water customers in the area of the break may experience a shut off of water while repairs are being made. Additionally, if customers do have access to water, they may be under a boil advisory. (more…)