Home Builder has submitted a complaint vs Water District alleging water supplied by the district produces leaks throughout pipes.

Santa Ana, CA: Two neighborhood developers have submitted claims in the Orange County Superior Court which claim the water provided by the Southern County water districts is corroding water pipes, causing leaks which need tens of thousands of dollars of copper repiping procedures and installations.

Shapell Industries registered their grievance Nov 2, claiming water supply provided by Moulton Niguel Water District to Shapell households across 2 Laguna Niguel local neighborhoods; San Joaquin Hills and Hillcrest were treated with chloramine, a harsh disinfectant which Shapell believed is known to cause pinhole leaks in the pipes of homeowners throughout the area.

The claim states Shapell “should be forced to refurbish and upgrade plumbing in over 400 residences” in those areas. The gripe doesn’t seem to indicate what number of homes that in some way have water leaks. The construtor is looking for in excess of $7 million in damages, stating defective products, recklessness, private nuisance and infringement of service contract.

MNWD offers service to 45,000 houses and companies in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and areas of Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano.

“The only home owners complaining with regards to these types of water leaks are in homes made by Shapell in these few areas,” MNWD general manager Bob Gumerman said with a email. “If our water is cause for blame, the condition would be popular.”

Gumerman pointed out that the district’s water hits or surpasses federal and state water-quality benchmarks and it is safe for bathing and various other purposes. He explained Shapell hasn’t introduced information about how MNWD’s water has caused pinhole leaks in houses. Multiple telephone calls to the lawyers representing Shapell were not returned.

Gumerman explained Moulton Niguel receives its water supply using the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, who imports it by way of the Colorado River and the State Water Project, a system of recollection facilities, reservoirs and lakes. As reported by its website, MWD works with chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, in the water treatment operation to eradicate harmful bacteria in drinking water.

MWD also furnishes water into the Santa Margarita Water District, which usually serves the rest of Mission Viejo and in addition Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch along with the Talega neighborhood in San Clemente. MWD and SMWD were identified as as legal defendants with a grievance lodged Feb. 10 by Lennar Homes connected with pin hole leaks in outdated pipes in the Verano neighborhood of Talega.

Lennar’s grievance claims leaks in galvanized pipes in 62 Verano units “are a principal and/or secondary result of harsh, excessive and/orinaccurately treated water” provided by the districts. Lennar wants the districts to become held answerable for the leaks along with any fees, damages or debt settlements suffered by Lennar because of the the pipe leaks.

Newmeyer & Dillion legal representative Carol Zaist, which will be assisting Lennar, said the developer does not comment on unresolved litigation.

Newmeyer & Dillion additionally represents home developer Standard Pacific, which lodged a claim sent to the district in December defined 74 homes in Ladera Ranch and Talega where property owners have reported pinhole water leaks in pipes and related damage to property. The declaration was firstly refused by SMWD representatives, although most recent scientific studies may turned around this primary verdict.

SMWD speaker Michele Miller thought the district doesn’t change or modify the water supplied by MWD, additionally noting SMWD water meets or surpasses national water quality regulations. Regarding the negative effects of drinking water treatment methods, “the district considers there isn’t any insight to indicate this region’s water supply produces a corrosive influence on galvanized plumbing.”

Marc Edwards is a Virginia Tech municipal and environmental engineering educator as well as nationwide established expert on water pipe corrosion. An element of his work is actually to review what causes pipe breakdowns and how to stop them. He was quoted saying that a multitude of legal cases are developing in California and he is expecting to become hired as an expert witness.

“We’ve undertaken potentially over a million dollars of basic research in the last six years,” Edwards explained. “We established that water chemistry and corrosive water are critical contributors of pinhole water leaks.

“We realize that additional factors in many cases are linked, including excessive velocity in plumbing and inferior installation practices, and so just about every case entails somewhat considerable forensic examination to try and assess the potential leading cause and treatment options,” he added.

Edwards said similar regulations performed to make water safer may well be triggering pinhole leaks. Even as disinfectants are essential, too much in some waters may just be corrosive. He explained studies on chloramine has shown it on its own doesn’t always facilitate pinhole leaks in water pipes, although “it may be possible, even likely, that chloramine plus additional factors in water are often very highly corrosive.”

Even though the Water District may have great intentions, corrections to reach specifications may just be having unintended consequences, Edwards had said.

“You’ll find that there’s much that we know,” he said. “Now we have unambiguously verified that the water source is often a cause; not the only cause, but an underlying cause. But there is however a bunch many of us still can never predict.”