Superior all round performance of PVC piping systems make PVC the most sustainable material for sewer applications in Australia. There has been some move away from PVC pipes towards PE pipes using the concern of sewer infiltration, however this new report shows other major sources of sewer infiltration that have no link to the use PVC pipe.
It is critical when choosing the right product for the system to determine its service life and overall costs including the cost of the pipe, installation costs, maintenance and repair costs, depreciation and the total asset cost. PVC pipes not only offer proven performance but also deliver on installation and repair cost factors.
With over 40 years of successful use for sewer systems in Australia, PVC sewer pipes offer a good track record for performance to be gauged. Sewers need to be well sealed and flexible systems to overcome infiltration, exfiltration, tree root intrusion and ground movement; occurrence of any of these issues can be very unpleasant for surrounding communities, and costly for the water authorities. The pipe system joint method and reliability therefore, are crucial factors in ensuring a well performing sewer system.