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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Robert J.
Robert J.4 years ago

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

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


paul m.
paul m5 years ago

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

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Michelle P5 years ago

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

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thank you =]

Bob P.

thanks for sharing

Joy Wong
Joy Wong5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Dixon
Elaine Dixon7 years ago

good to hear that