Engineering Design

Water Engineering Design

In 2007, AWWA C900 PVC Pressure Standards were changed to reflect experience with PVC pipe products in municipal applications for over 30 years, current research into PVC performance and harmonizing various PVC pressure pipe standards. This article explains the new pressure classes of DR14-305 psi, DR18-235 psi and DR25-165 psi PVC pipe products. Pipe wall thicknesses and dimensions stayed the same with this change.
This technical report examines head loss and pumping costs over 100-years for PVC and ductile iron pipe.
AwwaRF sponsored a study to examine the long-term performance of PVC water pipes. Key points from the research paper are summarized in "AwwaRF Looks At PVC Pipes Long-Term Performance."
PVC Pressure Pipe Standards are summarized on a single document.
In 2016 AWWA published the latest edition of its C900 standard for PVC pipe. C900-16 is more complicated than most standards, primarily because it has absorbed the large-diameter sizes previously found in the C905 standard. To help with the transition from two standards in the past to one standard now, the PVCPA has written a 20-page explanatory guide.


Thrust restraint is needed for changes in diameter or direction. The Thrust Restraint Calculator enables engineers and designers to quickly determine the thrust restraint needs of PVC piping systems. The PVC pipe industry offers a full line of thrust restraint products to meet every project need. Please contact one of our Regional Engineers for specific product and design questions.

We thank EBAA Iron, Inc. an Associate Member of the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association, for providing this resource. Clicking the download button will start the opening menu for this software.

This sample is offered for those who wish to use PVC in their next project or who would like to add PVC to their specifications.