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 info@uni-bell.org.

*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


Wednesday, October 18: Life Cycle Assessment for PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials

October 18, 2017 10:00 am

The PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA), which represents U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of PVC pipe, recently announced the completion of the first comprehensive environmental and performance review of water and sewer pipes in North America. The study used life cycle assessment methodology to evaluate the cradle-to-grave sustainability of commonly used drinking water and sewer pipe materials, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), concrete, ductile iron, and high density polyethylene pipes over a 100-year service period. Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC), a sustainability consulting firm, was hired by PVCPA to conduct the study. At a time when aging piping infrastructure, underground corroded pipe materials, and water quality issues are at the forefront, the intention of this webinar is to help address significant issues with the national water and wastewater infrastructure.

SSC's engineers used the ISO 14040 series life cycle assessment (LCA) standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to evaluate PVC pipe’s environmental footprint. The peer-reviewed report also examines other pipe products based on durability, performance and environmental data and statistics when available. The study contains a robust set of data utility officials and engineers can use for their asset management plans and life cycle cost assessments for underground infrastructure. The 100-year LCA methodology also helps utilities assess and minimize water quality risks, as well as reduce operations, maintenance and repair costs. More than 200 sources and studies were examined to provide the most up-to-date and thorough industry review of the health, safety, performance characteristics, and sustainability attributes of the different pipe materials available. The review makes reference to the 2015 Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for PVC pipe, which complies with ISO 14025 standards and was independently certified by global health organization NSF International.

PVC Pipe Association staff will present information on how the PVC pipe LCA can be used by planners, reviewers, designers, regulators, capital improvement professionals, sustainability officials, environmental managers and operators of water, wastewater, and storm drainage piping systems. Pipe material selection for pipeline projects affect the sustainability analysis for the projects and the life cycle costs. Designers and owners must rely on accurate information on pipe materials in order to make selection choices that are the most environmental and economically viable for the life cycle of the project. Participants will receive information on employing life cycle thinking to design, install and operate systems sustainably for 100 years.

This one-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Components of a life cycle assessment for piping systems
  • Practical project planning and asset management information
  • Attributes of sustainable pipe and hidden factors that decrease sustainability in piping systems
  • The importance of the use phase in the 100-year sustainability of a piping system
  • Analysis of friction factors and pumping efficiency of different pipe materials
  • Life cycle cost comparisons with other pipe materials
  • Why traditional definitions of pipe service life should be re-evaluated
  • Why recycled material is only a single attribute of a pipe’s life cycle environmental impacts
  • Understanding the life cycle impacts of all materials used in the piping system, including replacements, support materials, corrosion mitigation, maintenance efforts and water quality treatments required during the service life of pipes

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

Life Cycle Assessment of PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials, April 2017

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time

Cancellation: Full refund (less processing fees) if cancelled no less than one week before webinar.

PDHs: 1.0

Price: $99.00

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Wednesday, October 25: Dispelling Myths About PVC Pressure Pipe

October 25, 2017 10:00 am

Some water utilities in North America have yet to install PVC pipe in their distribution systems or have limitations on its use. This webinar will address typical questions and/or concerns that both non-users and users alike have about PVC pressure pipe. PVC water pipe has been in service for more than 60 years in North America and is used in over 40,000 municipalities. This webinar draws on more than half a century of success that cities have had with PVC pipe in their water systems.

This 30-minute introductory webinar covers:

  • Typical questions that water utilities have when evaluating PVC pipe for the first time
  • Water main pipe longevity
  • Transitioning from ductile iron (DI) to PVC pipe: a seamless process
  • How fittings, valves and appurtenances for DI pipe can be used with PVC pipe
  • Installing, locating and tapping PVC pipe
  • Important criteria for comparing PVC and DI pressure pipe
  • A review of what the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) says about PVC pipe material performance

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

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time

Cancellation: Full refund (less processing fees) if cancelled no less than one week before webinar.

PDHs: 0.5

Price: $49.00

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Wednesday, November 8: PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe for Deep-Bury Applications

November 8, 2017 10:00 am

PVC Pipe Association staff will review information on the use of PVC gravity sewer pipe in deep-bury applications. This webinar will address a subject commonly misunderstood by design engineers: flexible pipe design as it pertains to deep-bury installations. Many engineers across the country have arbitrarily set depth-of-bury limits for PVC without a complete engineering and installation analysis. We will review currently available flexible pipe materials and important engineering considerations for deep-bury projects. Some designers misunderstand how PVC pipe strength compares to other materials. This presentation will explain how the pipe/soil structure provides the strength for PVC sewer pipe in buried applications.

The webinar is useful for designers, reviewers, regulators and managers of gravity piping systems. Participants will receive information on the design considerations required for flexible pipe.

This 30-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Definition of pipe stiffness
  • Flexible and rigid pipe materials
  • How pipe stiffness is determined
  • Comparison of pipe stiffness for different materials
  • Soil stiffness determination
  • Pipe-embedment-soil interaction
  • Deflection
  • Deflection calculations
  • Pipe design examples
  • PVC advantages

Utility officials will be provided with an overview of design considerations and specifications for PVC sewer pipe which can assist in selecting the appropriate PVC piping products for underground infrastructure projects. Many wastewater utility professionals may not be aware that PVC pipe is now made in sizes up to 60 inches for both water and sewer applications or the extent of its use in North America. PVC pipe and fittings have been widely used for gravity sewer applications for more than 60 years in both Canada and the U.S. There is more than one million miles of PVC sewer pipe in service in North America.

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

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time

Cancellation: Full refund (less processing fees) if cancelled no less than one week before webinar.

PDHs: 0.5

Price: $49.00

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Wednesday, November 15: Hydraulic Comparisons of Water and Sewer Piping Materials

November 15, 2017 5:38 pm

PVC Pipe Association staff will present on the hydraulic capabilities of different pipe materials for water and wastewater applications. Through flow calculations and other technical information, it will be shown that PVC has clear advantages over other materials because of its low friction factor for both new and used pipe. This webinar will also discuss how to apply the correct Hazen-Williams C-factors for different pipe materials for the design of underground pipe networks. Through studies and other information, it will be shown that C-factor degradation in corrosion prone pipe materials over time (increasing pumping energy and costs) is an important consideration when designing pipelines.

This information is useful to utility specifications professionals, piping system engineers and operators. Incorrect or overly generous friction factors can result in increased project expenses and increased operation and maintenance costs.

This 30-minute webinar will include the following topics:

  • Pumping energy and cost comparisons
  • Sewer flow rate comparisons
  • Friction factors used for different pipe materials
  • Friction factors tests on cement mortar lined pipe of different ages

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

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time

Cancellation: Full refund (less processing fees) if cancelled no less than one week before webinar.

PDHs: 0.5

Price: $49.00

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Past Topics

  • A Look at the Longevity of PVC Water Pipe
  • A Review of Utah State University's PVC Pipe Longevity Report: A Comprehensive Study on PVC Pipe Excavations, Testing & Life Cycle Analysis
  • Changes to AWWA C900 "Standard for PVC Pressure Pipe..."
  • Corrosion Considerations in Sewer Forcemains
  • Design of Large-Diameter PVC Gravity Sewer Pipelines
  • Design of PVC Gravity Pipe
  • Design of PVC Pressure Pipelines
  • Design of PVC Pressure Piping Systems
  • External Load Design and Backfill Requirements for PVC Pressure Pipe
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity and Pressure Pipes
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Design, Installation and Application of PVC Piping Systems - Part Three
  • Gravity Sewer Pipe - PVC's Advantages Over Other Materials
  • Hydraulic Design - Friction Factors for PVC Piping Systems
  • Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems
  • Irrigation Design and Installation for PVC Piping Systems
  • New Guide on Tapping Small and Large Diameter PVC Water Pipe
  • Overview of Non-Pressure PVC Fittings and Laterals
  • PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe for Deep-Bury Applications
  • PVC Pipe Culvert Design and Installation
  • PVC Pipe Performance in Earthquakes
  • PVC Storm Drainage Design and Installation
  • Review of Frequently Asked Questions on the Design, Installation and Application of PVC Piping - Part Two
  • Review of PVC Standards Sheets
  • Review of the New AWWA C900-16 Standard and Other PVC Pipe Standards Available
  • Revisiting the 1994 AWWARF Study on PVC Pipe – 20 Years After
  • Sewer Force Main Design
  • Technical Resources for PVC Piping Systems: An Overview
  • The Importance of Life Cycle Thinking for Sustainable Piping Infrastructure
  • The Longevity of PVC Sewer Pipe
  • Understanding External-Load Design for PVC Gravity Pipe Applications
  • Using USDA's Online Web Soil Survey to Ensure Optimum Performance of Municipal Piping Systems
  • Water and Sewer Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time
  • Water Main Breaks - An Overview of Pipe Material Performance
  • Water Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time