Europe urged to act on BPA in water pipes

EU-wide rules are needed to prevent potentially dangerous levels of bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from water pipes, Swedish NGO ChemSec said on Wednesday. The substance is found in the epoxy resins used to reline old pipes.

Few studies have been done on the water from resin-lined pipes, but there is evidence to suggest BPA and related substances may leach at higher rates than expected if the resins do not harden properly or the water passing through the pipes is hot, it says.

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