Seeking volunteers for study on galvanized iron pipe corrosion
Madison Water Utility needs your help! We have partnered with researchers at Virginia Tech to carry out a study on galvanized iron pipe corrosion. This study will help researchers develop strategic plans to manage lead and water discoloration related to galvanized iron pipe corrosion for water utilities across the country. We are looking for volunteers who have galvanized water pipes in their homes to provide water samples.
How to tell if you have galvanized water pipes
If your pipes look like the photo on the left, they could be galvanized iron. Note the pipe threads and nut (lead pipes to not have threads).
Galvanized are typically found in older homes. They may look like lead, but when scratched with a flathead screwdriver, the pipes remain dull. Lead pipes will look shiny when scratched.
What does the study involve?
Prior to collecting any samples, Madison Water Utility staff will perform an inspection of your household plumbing to inventory the type(s) of pipe materials, note any water treatment used, and confirm the presence of galvanized iron pipe.
This inspection and any water testing are free of charge. After the initial plumbing inspection, you will be provided three, one-liter bottles to fill later. Water samples must be collected after a period of stagnation - at least six hours of no water use. First thing in the morning is a great time!
This 6-minute instructional video can show you the water sampling procedure.
Any personal contact information (name, email, phone number), household location (address), and demographic or water treatment information collected as part of this project will be kept strictly confidential by the research team and Madison Water Utility.
More questions? Want to be included in the study?
Contact Isabel at (608) 266-4654 or firstname.lastname@example.org