Copper in Water

Source of Copper: Copper is a metal that occurs naturally in rock formations and soil.  It is used to make electrical wiring, pipes and many other common products. The primary route of water contamination is leaching from copper pipes in the homes, institutions and commercial operations.

 

Health Effects of Copper: High ingestion of copper can cause adverse health effects, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It has also been linked to liver damage and kidney disease. Young children are especially susceptible to copper poisoning. US EPA national primary drinking water regulations set a legally enforceable maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 1.3 mg/L concentration of copper in public water systems.


How to Remove Copper:  A WECO reverse osmosis system will remove copper and other harmful heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Reverse osmosis also removed taste and odor problems, pesticides and organic chemicals like VOCs. A WECO whole house filter system with Katalox Light filter media may also be used to control copper problems that are due to the source water. Contact WECO technical support for help selecting the right filtration system for your application.