4 - Antibacterial, health-friendly material

Copper tube is the only plumbing material that is, by its nature, antibacterial and hygienic, and so is an excellent choice for drinking water installations.

Even before the discovery of micro-organisms such as bacteria, the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Aztecs used copper-based preparations to cure sore throats and skin conditions, and for their daily hygiene.

In drinking water systems studies have confirmed that copper tubes reduce biofilm (a layer of micro-organisms that forms on the inside of water pipes), and decrease formation and growth of bacteria such as Legionella.  


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2016/17 Copper Matters newsletter, topics include: skills competitions; antimicrobial copper used on an award winning bus; the copper roof on the new Design Museum; updated technical information on the website.