Q: My pipes are old and I sometimes see a bit of rust in the water. Is this dangerous to my health?
A: Rusty water is usually a problem with older, unlined cast-iron pipes. There are no known health hazards associated with rusty water except perhaps that its appearance and unpleasant taste prevents you from drinking as much water as you should.
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