The PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) assists utilities and consulting engineers in the design, specification and installation of PVC piping systems. Ensure installation and after-sales support from PVCPA at no cost to your utility by specifying that the PVC pipe manufacturers who sell to your utility be members of PVCPA.
PVC water and sewer pipe producers contribute more than $14 billion dollars of current annual output in the U.S., supporting over 25,000 jobs in downstream and related contracting, distribution and utility organizations.
Letter from NSF International confirming the safety of PVC pipe for use in water transmission and distribution.
Major findings from a comprehensive study on PVC pipe excavations, testing and life cycle analysis; Utah State University, Buried Structures Laboratory, by Steve Folkman, Ph.D., P.E., May 2014. National recommendations and rules of thumb which utilities can use for benchmarking and procurement purposes.
PVC piping is one of the world's most sustainable products, making it ideal for long-term use in underground infrastructure. It requires less energy and fewer resources to manufacture than old-technology materials, and its production creates no debris and little pollution.
The quality and performance of PVC pipe are assured by a wide array of tough standards, control tests and independent certifications.
PVC pipe is one of the safest and most tested materials used in North America. For over 70 years, every aspect of its production, use and disposal has been evaluated and approved by government and independent certification and testing agencies.
For buried infrastructure, long-term performance is the real definition of sustainability and strength. PVC pipe provides U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure a truly resilient, sustainable and high-quality option.
To gain competitive advantage, some HDPE pipe manufacturers have proposed a risky change in AWWA C906 that moves away from the traditional use of a SF = 2.0 (DF = 0.50). The manufacturers are presenting this change as an increased design factor with no change to the safety factor. However, increasing the design factor effectively decreases the actual safety factor being applied.
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