Measurement of Potential Difference as a Method for Studying the Action of Water on Lead Pipes

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WHEN working a R.A.M.C. mobile hygiene laboratory in Northern Ireland in 1941, I found that a number of the water samples submitted for examination had a definite plumbo-solvent action. Thresh1 showed that mere acidity or alkalinity was of minor importance, but the presence of lime with a silicate or organic acid, such as citric, lessened the action.

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    Thresh, J. C., Analyst, 47, 457 and 500 (1922); 49, 270 (1924).

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ATKINS, W. Measurement of Potential Difference as a Method for Studying the Action of Water on Lead Pipes. Nature 154, 211–212 (1944) doi:10.1038/154211b0

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