Press Releases

Study Examines Environmental Impacts, Safety and Costs of Nation's Drinking Water Pipe

Dallas, TX June 20 – The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA), which represents U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of PVC pipe, announced the completion of the first comprehensive environmental and performance review of water and sewer pipes in North America.

The PVC Pipe Association and Vinyl Institute Statement regarding the I-85 Bridge Collapse

Washington, DC March 31 – The PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) and Vinyl Institute (VI) are committed to making sure the facts surrounding the cause of the I-85 bridge collapse in Atlanta, GA prevail. Fortunately, there were no injuries and we are thankful that the responders to the scene kept themselves and the citizens of Atlanta safe.

Chicago Seminar Offers Municipal Officials Cost-Effective Solutions

Dallas, TX October 22– In Chicago last week water and wastewater utility engineers and consulting engineers from five states – Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada and Wisconsin – participated in an educational seminar on the design and installation of corrosion-proof PVC piping. Participants were provided with technical and financial information that helps utilities reduce operations, maintenance and capital costs through asset management, life cycle costing and open pipe materials procurement. Attendees also learned about the science of buried pipes that makes PVC pipe as strong as traditional pipe materials, but less expensive, easier to install and with greater longevity and performance.

PVC Pipe Association Addresses U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council on Need to Modernize Local Procurement of Piping Infrastructure

Washington, D.C., April 18 – PVC Pipe Association Executive Director Bruce Hollands urged the nation’s mayors last week to put an end to closed bidding practices that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials from being used in water and wastewater systems. “Building and replacing water and sewage lines will cost upwards of $1.1 trillion over the next twenty years.

March 22 is International World Water Day: U.S. Can Achieve Sustainability in Water By Ending Corrosion in Piping Infrastructure

Washington, D.C., March 21 -- March 22 is International World Water Day, established nineteen years ago by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) to highlight water scarcity around the world and the need to use water wisely. In recognition of this important event, the PVC Pipe Association today urged lawmakers to put an end to closed procurement policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials from being used in water and wastewater infrastructure.

Toronto Votes for Open Competition and Full Range of Large Diameter PVC Pipe for its Water Transmission Mains

Toronto, ON, February 13, 2012 -- Toronto council voted decisively this week to open up its material specifications to include alternative materials like PVC pipe for large diameter transmission watermains. Allowing a broader range of piping materials in its water system will enable Toronto to realize significant cost savings. A staff report noted that this approach “promotes competition and realizes potential capital cost and construction time savings while ensuring system performance needs are met.”

PVC Pipe Industry: Congress Shouldn’t Write Blank Checks

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2012 -- While action must be taken, the PVC Pipe Association is urging Congress not to write blank checks to local governments and utilities with outdated, closed procurement policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials for water and wastewater infrastructure.

PVC Pipe Association Elects New Officers

Dallas, TX, May, 3, 2011­ -- The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association announced Tuesday that it has elected new officers to help guide the organization over the next two years.

Uni-Bell Launches New Website

Dallas, TX, April 6, 2011 -- The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association has launched a new website to inform the public and stakeholders about its industry and showcase the superior sustainability, cost-effectiveness and versatility of its products.

New Website Tracks Corrosion Epidemic

Dallas, TX, March 10, 2011 -- Every day, 850 water main breaks occur in North America at an annual repair cost of over $3 billion. Today a new website,, was launched to track the jaw-dropping cumulative price tag to taxpayers of the high costs associated with repairs, replacement and more.

Fort Wayne Breaks Part of U.S. Crisis

Fort Wayne, TX, January 10, 2011 -- “The City of Fort Wayne is the latest to fall victim to the water main break epidemic spreading throughout North America,” today said PVC Pipe Association spokesman Bruce Hollands.

Taxpayers Union Calls for More PVC Pipe

Alexandria, VA, January 18, 2010 -- As the infrastructure that delivers water to your home begins to deteriorate, governments at all levels need to take steps to ensure they’re not flushing taxpayer dollars down the drain when replacing the pipes, according to an issue brief published by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).