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

Thursday, November 1: Guide on Tapping Small and Large Diameter PVC Water Pipe

November 01, 2018 10:00 AM Enroll

The PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) has published a tapping guide to provide information on making service, fire hydrant and branch connections. This webinar will include discussion on tapping procedures for both small and large diameter PVC pressure pipe. For those unfamiliar with the term, “tapping” refers to drilling a hole into a main-line pipe to attach a branch line.

This 30-minute webinar will provide an in-depth review of PVCPA’s PVC Pressure Pipe Tapping Guide, which includes discussion of proper tapping techniques for gasketed PVC water pipe. 

Topics covered include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Direct tapping
  3. Saddle tapping
  4. Sleeve tapping

To view the background information for this webinar, please click on the link below:

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00


Thursday, November 15: Design and Installation of Large Diameter PVC Water Transmission Mains

November 15, 2018 10:00 AM Enroll

PVC Pipe Association staff will present on design and installation considerations for large-diameter PVC water transmission mains. PVC pressure pipe has become more widely accepted and utilized for larger diameter water transmission main projects. As a result, designers and owners require more concise information. 

Pipe material selection for pipeline projects affect sizing and selection of pumps, capital and operational costs, and the sustainability analysis of the project. Designers and owners must rely on accurate pipe material information to make the most appropriate, environmental and economically viable piping choices for the life cycle of the project.

Design and installation information to supplement this webinar is readily available in Uni-Bell’s Handbook of PVC Pipe Design and Construction, as well as in AWWA’s Manual of Water Supply Practices, M23Click here for information on how to download free chapters of the Handbook of PVC Pipe. Additional resources for this webinar can be found using the following links:

This one-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

  • General design considerations for large diameter PVC pipe projects
  • Pipe size selection
  • Pressure class selection
  • Hydraulic design
  • Surge pressure design
  • Fittings
  • Thrust restraint
  • Alignment changes
  • Proper installation including bedding & backfill
  • Tapping large diameter PVC pipe
  • Life cycle costs

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00


Wednesday, December 5: Review of Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study (March 2018) - An Asset Management Planning Tool for Water Utilities

December 05, 2018 10:00 AM Enroll

Presenter: Dr. Steven Folkman, Utah State University, Buried Structures Laboratory

One of the largest water main break surveys ever undertaken was completed in 2017. This survey was conducted at Utah State University under the direction of Dr. Steven Folkman. The results were recently published in a report that is available for download. This webinar will summarize the results of this survey. A total of 281 utilities responded to the survey with water main break data covering 170,569 miles of pipe. The miles of pipe in this survey represents approximately 13% of the total miles of pipe in the U.S. and Canada, making this survey one of the most comprehensive conducted to date. In addition to break rates of different pipe materials, the seminar will present other survey results that will be of interest to anyone involved in water distribution systems. All webinar participants will be mailed a free hard copy of the report.

This one-hour webinar will discuss:

  • Current pipe material usage with a regional breakdown
  • Pipe age and size distribution
  • Pipe failure rates for seven commonly used pipe materials
  • Pipe break rates as a function of utility size
  • The distribution of pipe failures with pipe age for each material
  • The distribution of pipe failure modes for each material
  • Analysis of soil corrosivity on break rates
  • Most cities have moderate to highly corrosive soils
  • A revised correlation of people served per mile
  • Average and maximum daily water demand correlations
  • Average and maximum operation pressure data
  • Most common pipe failure mode and materials
  • Percentage of utilities that allow installation of certain pipe materials
  • Data on water main replacement rates and condition assessment
  • Average water loss rate and correlation with break rates
  • Preferences about pipe replacement methods

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

Click here to download Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study (March 2018).

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00



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
  • Dispelling Myths for PVC Pressure Pipe
  • 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 Comparison of Water and Sewer Piping 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
  • Life Cycle Assessment for PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials
  • 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
  • Review of Water Main Break Rates in the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study
  • 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 Corrosive Soils Map 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