Educational Webinars

PVC Pipe Association Webinar Series

Welcome to the PVC Pipe Association's online webinar training series. Our webinars offer educational and informative workshops on an on-going basis to support the use of PVC piping in water and wastewater systems. Webinars include examples of how PVC pipe has benefited utilities across North America.

We also provide customized webinars on the design, specification and installation of PVC pipe for water and sewer projects. Let us know if you would like us to organize a webinar for your organization by emailing

*Note for PVC Pipe Association webinars offering Professional Development Hours (PDHs): Continuing education requirements for professional engineering licenses may differ from state to state. The final authority to approve PDHs, courses and credits and other ways to earn credits rests with each state licensing board. Individuals are advised to contact their respective state licensing boards regarding their continuing education requirements for professional engineering licensure.

Upcoming Webinars

PVC Pipe for Storm Sewer Applications

May 18, 2022 10:30 AM Enroll

MandrelPVC pipe is the most widely installed gravity pipe material in North America and is used in over 85% of new sewer pipe projects. With more than one million miles in service, proven performance for more than 60 years, and used by over 40,000 utilities, PVC is the material of choice for sanitary sewer pipelines. This presentation will review some of PVC gravity sewer pipe’s attributes and discuss its performance benefits for storm sewer or drainage projects.

This 30-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of PVC pipe for storm sewer applications
  • Benefits of PVC pipe for drainage projects
  • Design considerations
  • Pipe stiffness and deflection
  • Material comparisons
  • Maintenance

MandrelTo view the background information for this webinar, please review the following:

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00


Transitioning to PVC Water Pipe, Main Replacement, and External Joint Restraint Options

May 25, 2022 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water Utility Engineers, Installation and Maintenance Staff, Consulting Engineers, and Contractors

Municipal Case Study SeriesWelcome to the PVC Pipe Association’s municipal case study webinar series, featuring leading utility and waterworks experts presenting on important topics. The second webinar in our series covers three important subjects: transitioning to gasketed PVC pipe, main replacement, and external joint restraint options for PVC pipe. Water utility industry expert Mark Shaffer, former Senior Operations Manager with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC), will lead the discussion with a presentation on MAWC’s transition to PVC pipe and its main replacement program using PVC. Mr. Shaffer will also review common misconceptions about PVC pipe as well as installation and inspection procedures. Dennis Shumard, Product Support Manager, EBAA Iron, Inc., will follow with a review of external joint restraint options for PVC pipe.

Since its first installation of gasketed PVC pipe in 1980, MAWC has become a leader in water transmission and distribution in northeastern United States using PVC pipe. MAWC is the largest municipal authority water provider in the state of Pennsylvania with over 125,000 service connections. The system also has 2,400 miles of main lines, over 8,800 hydrants, more than 80,000 valves and uses PVC water mains up to 36 inches in diameter. 

TransitioningUtility Engineers and maintenance staff will find out how to stretch capital improvement budgets and reduce operations and maintenance costs with corrosion-proof PVC pipe. Attendees will get a complete overview of PVC water pipe applications and joint restraints – useful for long-time as well as new users or installers of PVC water pipe. This webinar is also an opportunity for utilities that do not currently use PVC pipe to learn about the product’s benefits.

This two-part, one-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

Part 1 - Transitioning to Gasketed PVC Water Pipe and Main Replacement with PVC

  • MAWC’s early experiences with PVC pipe
  • Deflection and other early obstacles addressed at MAWC
  • Replacing ductile iron water mains with PVC
  • Use of large diameter PVC piping
  • Common misconceptions in transitioning to PVC pipe
  • Proper installation and inspection

Part 2 - External Joint Restraint Options for PVC Pipe

  • Overview of restraints for gasketed PVC pipe and their specific applications
  • Mechanical joint restraints
  • Bell joint restraints
  • Use of joint-restraint design to eliminate thrust blocks

Mark Shaffer

Mark Shaffer was Senior Operations Manager for MAWC from May 1978 to January 2021 and has almost 43 years of experience in the water distribution sector. During his career, Mark has worked with and installed most types of pipes, valves and distribution materials. While at MAWC, Mr. Shaffer was responsible for maintenance of the distribution system, the vehicle fleet, distribution material stock, bidding and material selection, distribution budgets, construction, and supervision of 140 employees. 

Dennis ShumardDennis Shumard, P.E., is Product Support Manager at EBAA Iron, Inc. where he provides technical support on the design and installation of joint restraint products and applications. Dennis has been in the waterworks industry for over 35 years and is a member of AWWA’s PVC Pipe and Fittings Committee. Mr. Shumard previously served for seven years on AWWA’s A21 Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings Committee.

To view the background information for this one-hour webinar, please click on the following links:

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00


Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems – June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water and Sewer Utility Engineers, Contractors, Inspectors, Engineering Consultants and Developers

This training webinar by PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) staff will provide the most up-to-date information available on installation practices for gasketed PVC water and sewer pipes and fittings as well as answer frequently asked questions. Properly installed pipelines ensure best performance and maximum design life for underground infrastructure.

All Participants Receive a FREE Copy of the Contractor's Guide for Installation of Gasketed PVC Pipe

The reference book for this educational seminar is the new Contractor's Guide, which is the most concise, authoritative publication available for the installation of gasketed-joint PVC pipes and fittings. Webinar registrants will be mailed a FREE copy. Written and sponsored by PVCPA, the guide comes complete with practical tables and figures that helps users to be more effective and efficient at installing PVC piping systems, reducing potential pipeline problems and helping to ensure optimum system performance. It can also serve as a reference document prior to undertaking a pipeline project.

Recommended for Local Underground Pipeline Installation Contractors

It is highly recommended that local water and sewer pipe installation contractors participate in this training seminar. Utilities are encouraged to forward this email to their local underground pipeline contractors and have them register. The guide is also useful to utility crews involved in installation or maintenance of PVC water or sewer systems. The easy-to-use, "reversible book" format provides two valuable guides in one and assists readers to quickly access the information they are seeking.

The 60-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Manufacturing and plant testing of PVC pipe
  • Handling and storage
  • Proper joint assembly
  • Alignment deflection options
  • Joint restraint options
  • Fittings for PVC pipe
  • Tapping of PVC pipe
  • Post-installation testing
  • Special installation considerations

To view the background information, please click on the following links:

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00





  • Overview of PVC Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe


  • Design of PVC Pressure Pipelines
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe
  • Sewer Force Main Design
  • Hydraulic Design - Friction Factors for PVC Piping Systems

Installation & Operation

  • Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems
  • New Guide on Tapping Small and Large Diameter PVC Water Pipe
  • A Look at the Longevity of PVC Water Pipe

Additional Resources

  • Life Cycle Assessment for PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials
  • Review of PVC Standards Sheets
  • Technical Resources for PVC Piping Systems: An Overview
  • Water and Sewer Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time