The problem emerged about four years ago when one of Canada’s leading newspapers, The Globe and Mail, reported that large numbers of schools in Ontario were failing to meet minimum drinking water standards.

The problem was most acute in Eastern Ontario where many schools were fitted with large diameter copper pipes linked by lead-infused solder.

Overnight, when little or no water was being drawn, there was an extended contact between water and copper. In the morning, the water was contaminated with rust and lead forcing staff to run off lots of water and some schools were forced to ship in large quantities of bottled water.

Neither response was sustainable.

With luck, a former contractor – well used to working with the IPEX AquaRise® piping solution – joined the school board’s in-house plumbing staff. He got in touch with our sales team to explain the problem and we responded immediately, together approaching the school to propose AquaRise®.

Thanks to its superior corrosion resistant properties, AquaRise® was chosen to replace the copper piping and several other schools followed suit.

The result: water quality tests at these schools went from fail to pass. It’s a great example of the power of great customer relationships backed by top notch customer service. It also underlines how important it is for us to build and maintain close links with the communities we work in.

We’re helping protect the health of school children and teachers with a solution that ensures water is good to drink.

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