copper water pipes

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  1. crispin

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    hi guys and gals,
    I was looking through the house i am moving into, its old and we have to redo the central heating. While looking i noticed that most of the water pipes are made of copper. Will that cause me hassels if i run that water into my RO system?

    Or do i need to take it straight out the river (snow melt) which has lots of organics in it?

    not a nice choice!
     
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    use snow !!!
     
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    niel, the thought has crossed the mind, its getting a HUGE resivoire, then a pump to presurise the water for the RO etc....and i think their maybe some nasties in snow as well.

    also snow is only here 4 or 5 months of the year :( got to get more skiing in today! :)
     
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    does the farm not have a borehole???
     
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    RO units should remove the copper
     
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    lol no. there is seriopusly enough water in this place....lots of natural lakes hidden deep in the forests which people draw water from. It then passes through a filtration plant and down to the house. then through copper and into my tank......I think NOT i have to find a better source of water to start the RO process.

    dallas are you CERTAIN that RO strips the copper out?
     
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    i will confirm for you, and post a reply
     
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    Aren't all water pipes made from copper even in SA?

    I think the problem comes with using hot water which will remove minute amounts from the pipes from the heat. Also bear in mind that there is copper in the ocean even if only in minute amounts. Tropic Marins range of trace element supplements has copper
     
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    what i have been reading, the only mention of copper pipes and RO is that dont use copper pipes after the RO unit as the water is "aggressive" and well for obvious reasons
     
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    Hi crispin i asked the same question here a year or 2 ago and i think it was milli or marco who answered. All our domestic water is fed through copper pipes, rest assured it is fine. The ro unit will handle it. The amount of copper absorbed by the water is minimal if any.
     
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    makes sence .... the pipes are only a few mm in thickness ..... if a lot of it disolved then we would be replacing pipes all the time !!
     
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    thats why now they are using rubber pipes for hot water, less leeching :)
     
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    ok thanks guys, i'll lay my trust in the RO system :)

    its a while before i get anywhere near needing it, but i did question yesterday :)

    thanks for the help
     
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    no problems with the copper pipes.........
    your main concern there will be protecting the r.o.membrane from the river water.

    no one ever knows whats in the river water / snow etc etc.......

    a r.o.unit is designed to run on municiple water.....sure the river water may infact be better water, but may also have alot more sediment etc etc........keep an eye on the performance of the unit aswell as keep checking the pre-filters and if your machine does not have a membrane flush valve......get one
     
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    it does, but thanks for the heads up. i'll keep an eye on the ro tds readings too.

    the water should be prefiltered in the main plant, so lower sedimanets, but i'll get a key and go see what they do up there. Atleast i know it doesnt have chemical additives in it, but the peat and moss leach lots of stuff into the lakes here, as do the pine forests. Great for trout, but probably NOT for SPS :)

    i'll get some water readings post filtration plant and see what sort of things i might have in the water. Think that tds meter might come in handy.
     
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    when is all your stuff arriving?
     
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    at the moment i am figuring when is it leaving :(

    i had to get new clothes in dubai as i cant wait for all my stuff, also its waiting to have a second tank packed and crated for knut ove as he is riding on my transport, so just getting that sorted for him first
     
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    well if u need any help on the SA side let me know
     
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    your local water works add bi-carb to the water to make it alk to prevent it from eating the pipes
     
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    most SA houses have copper pipes or older houses have galv pipes so it s normal,r.o unit removes it.
     
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