No problem with asbestos cement pipes - NWC

Charles Buchanan, speaking Friday on Beyond the Headlines


The National Water Commission (NWC) is seeking to assure the public about the safety of its asbestos cement pipes.

This comes in response to concerns being raised about potential risks.    

Asbestos cement pipes are made primarily from cement with a small amount of asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is added to make the pipes stronger, fire and chemical resistant, as well as flexible. Some forms of it are toxic to humans if the fibres are inhaled.

Charles Buchanan, Corporate Public Relations Manager at the NWC, speaking Friday on RJR’s Beyond the Headlines, declared that the data also show that there is no link between the pipes and illnesses.

Studies by the World Health Organization have shown no link between the use of asbestos cement pipes in drinking water systems and lung or gastrointestinal cancers.


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