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Effects of Stray Currents on Water Distribution Systems

Stray electrical currents present the possibility for a costly and dangerous hazard, one that could and should be prevented with proper products and maintenance, but the costly and potentially dangerous effects of stray electrical currents warrant the study of this specific phenomenon. The three main problems created by stray electrical currents are shock hazards, accelerated corrosion of metal water pipes, and water quality problems such as the presence of lead or copper. This paper will review some of the main causes and results of stray currents, as well as protection choices for water pipeline systems.

This White Paper is sponsored by Mueller Company.

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Since 1857, the Mueller name has become known for innovative water distribution products of superior quality, many of which have become industry standards.  This leadership position has resulted in our valves or hydrants being specified in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.  We also provide distribution products for the natural gas industry.  Our products enable utilities to regulate the flow of water and gas as they are transmitted from source to customer.  Mueller Co. is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA).