Textbook Offers Relevant Information
on Corrosion Control for Water
Tracey Feist, Water Research Foundation writer
Internal Corrosion of Water Distribution
Systems still offers the best information
into the theory and practice of corrosion
and water treatment processes.
somewhat new to the field of corrosion
control, or when they are dealing with difficult
‘simultaneous compliance’ issues with diverse
distribution systems, this book is still the
first place I send them,” says Mike Schock, a
corrosion research specialist with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking
Water Research Division in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Schock worked as an author and co-author of
chapters for both editions.
Elevated trace minerals in drinking water
have gained national attention and brought
the water industry together on recognizing
the importance of corrosion control. The
effect of corrosion on water distribution
systems is a constant cause for concern
when it comes to water quality and the
implications for public health. That concern
is warranted, as many water systems across
North America have been in place for
hundreds of years, and the complexity of
meeting various regulatory requirements
challenges distribution system chemistry
and scale stability.
“There isn’t any other book or monograph like
it, with comprehensive coverage of nearly
all metallic and cement materials used in
drinking water distribution systems. There
is no other text with so much information
on the behavior of cement-based materials
in drinking water. You can’t find this kind of
information in corrosion or water treatment
process textbooks,” Schock says.
Many years ago this growing concern
led the Water Research Foundation to
join together with the German Gas and
Waterworks Association, (Deutscher Verein
des Gas- and Wasserfaches or DVGW) to
address the complex issues of corrosion
through its water technology center
(Technologiezentrum Wasser or TZW).
In 1994, the two groups gathered leading
researchers together to write the Internal
Corrosion of Water Distribution Systems,
a 586-page textbook (order #90508) that
features leading industry research and case
studies, all designed to address the complex
issues of corrosion.
“Whenever I get inquiries from consultants,
water utilities, or regulators who are
Two Internal Corrosion Problems
for Water Utilities
Internal corrosion of water distribution
systems leads to two major problems
for water utilities. The first is the failure
of the distribution system pipes. This
failure results in water leakage and loss of
hydraulic capacity caused by the buildup
of corrosion products. The second problem
is an unwanted change in quality as the
water is being transported through the
distribution system. The change is caused
by corrosion products entering the water.
Examples of these problems include an
increase in the concentration of lead and
copper, which are released from pipes and
solder and are very important because of