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Old 01-13-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I live in an apartment complex on the poor side of town. For the past month or so, there have been small metal-like pieces in the tap water. They look like pieces of chipped or corroding metal or paint, but paint isn't this heavy. These particles sink to the bottom of the sinks, cups, and bathtub and are so heavy that the water being sucked into the drain doesn't bring it in. And it's gotten a lot worse.

What is this is my tap water???

This is what it looks like when I turn the water on in my bathtub. This stuff appears in my tubs and sinks, hands, washcloths, anything the water touches.

This is a somewhat better quality view of it after I took a paper towel and wiped this stuff out of my sink. This is not dirt or minerals, they are geometrically shaped pieces that look like chipped metal or chipped paint to me.


I'm contacting the water department first thing tomorrow and have them come and test it and the pipes. Apparently other tenants have complained about the same thing in their water. What is this stuff in my water, and it does NOT dissolve after running the water for a long time, it's a steady stream of it whenever the water runs, and this makes me very worried.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Call your water provider and ask.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: earth?
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Are your pipes corroded?
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I have no way of knowing about the pipes. I live in an apartment complex and we don't see the pipes, only maintenance has access to all of that. I'm also calling them in the morning to check on it. They are SO inadequate at what they do it's probably something they neglected to clean or fix. But I've never seen this in my entire life in the 20th or 21st centuries. It may be something someone else has seen but I just have never seen it.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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It's arsenic. Don't worry about your water pipes, you'll be dead within a week and they'll become somebody else's problem.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:27 AM
 
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I've seen something similar before. This usually happens after a main breaks and they flush the pipes or they flush the pipes as part of routine maintenance. Sediment and other crap settles in the bottom of the pipes and every once in a while they blow them out with high pressure. This causes the crap to flow through the system and end up in your home. I lived in a rather expensive area and had to deal with this on occasion.

Of course, if it always happens and has been consistently happening for a while, it could be an issue with the pipes in the building.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:31 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Generally, the water department will not respond to a complaint by anyone whose name is not on the bill, the landlord would have to call them to come out. If that doesn't happen I'd suggest a complaint to the health department, however there's the risk of retaliation by the landlord
since that would expose them to other possible violations if inspected.

Typically this is the result of old galvanized pipes that are corroded inside and starting to deteriorate, a very expensive repair to repipe the entire building.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you can't get any answers from your apartment management, try your city's Health Department.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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If you can't get any answers from your apartment management, try your city's Health Department.

I thinks this is your best route.
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