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Are Rusty Pipes Dangerous?

Are Rusty Pipes Dangerous?

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.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food, raise goats, and make goat milk soap on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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4:11PM PDT on May 24, 2013

Uh a serious no-brainer here! Of course it's not healthy to drink water that has remnants from rusty copper pipes - that is why we, who are seriously broke lol decided to reline - at least I can drink clean water

2:07AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


7:02AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Noted,,,,But I woulden't have a rusty pipe....

1:04AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Of course rusty water is a health hazard, this is a no-brainer.

2:46PM PDT on May 30, 2012

thank you =]

7:34AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:46PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

12:05PM PST on Mar 8, 2012


12:30AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

6:51AM PST on Feb 10, 2010

good to hear that

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