Water Pipes and Electricity.

Issue 21 and Volume 1892 12.

Water Pipes and Electricity. In a recent issue, says The Metal Worker, we noted a report that came from England respecting the destruction of lead water pipes that were near the underground wires of an electric supply company. We mentioned it as an unanticipated danger to the durability of lead pipe, but we did not think it was likely to prove very frequent. Already, however, other instances of the same thing have come to notice—one case in the city of Saginaw, Mich., where a lead pipe ran for some distance parallel to the electric railway. Investigation proved that the pipe had been very seriously corroded, and when taken up it was found to be pitted like an old storage battery plate. The other case is reported from the city of Athens, Greece, where a lead pipe was used for grounding an electric wire. In this case the electrical action resulted…

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