Copper Pipe Failure by Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion

After a detailed investigation on the failure of copper water service pipes in a water distribution system, microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) was found to be the cause. Increased system disinfection appears to have remedied the problem. MIC is often overlooked in corrosion investigations of drinking water systems. This case history is a good example of telltale signs of MIC and the water environments in which this can occur.

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