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PVC Pipe Retrospective 2012

With 2012 all but over, I wanted to share a quick look back at some of the issues in the PVC pipe industry for 2012

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Concrete vs PVC pipes and water chemistry and quality – A Study

I recently came across an Australian paper which looks at the impact of concrete pipes and PVC pipes on the chemistry of different water types and what changes were made to the quality of the water. The paper, Impact of concrete and PVC pipes on urban chemistry by PJ Davies, I.A Wright, O.J Jonasson and S.J Finlay, was first released in 2010 and is still highly relevant today given the continued use of concrete pipes for urban water infrastructure.

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose PVC-O Pipe for Water Infrastructure Projects

  1. PVC-O pipe has been in use since the mid 1970’s,however its usage increased significantly over the past decade with the adoption of national and international standards and advances in manufacturing technology.
  2. PVC-O pipe offers significant benefits to water utilities and contractors. It maintains the excellent properties of PVC-U pipe whilst greatly increasing the strength, impact and crack resistance, ensuring the long term performance of the pipe.The robustness, light weight and flexibility of PVC-O pipes increase the speed of installation and limit the amount of ancillary equipment required to perform the installation.
  3. Because of the high strength of the material, PVC-O pipe uses less raw material for transporting potable water or other fluids than all other pressure pipe types. This results in a larger bore for the same outer diameter, potentially enabling the use of smaller diameter pipes and fittings and/or lowering operational (pumping) costs, giving a lower total life cycle cost and the most sustainable outcome.
  4. PVC-O pipes do not corrode and have proven longevity. They also possess excellent resistance to disinfectant chemicals, making them the ideal solution for water infrastructure.
  5. Experience with the use of PVC-O pipes around the world has yielded good reliable and sound experience that confirms the above advantages are recognised and appreciated by the users.

Reference - PVC-O PIPES FOR WATER AND WASTE WATER APPLICATIONS: STANDARDISATION, QUALITY AND APPLICATIONS, Frans Alferink and Jos Oosterik

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Burst water main pipe in Melb sent a water 80 metres in the air. 2-million litres water gone

Today in Glen Waverley, Melbourne a burst pipeline sent residents scrambling from their homes as water was sent shooting up into the sky an estimate up to 80m. Roofs collapsed and extensive property and cars were damaged.  The main supplies water from Silvan Reservoir to more than 100,000 homes and businesses in Melbourne's southeast.

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PVC pipes continue to prove material of choice over other materials

PVC pipes are truly a product of modern technology, being used in the developed world for over 50 years and with proven benefits in water infrastructure the main of which being it is Corrosion Free - Download Free Report - When Water Quality Matters, Corrosion is Not Sustainable.

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Video - Cost savings by choosing PVC products

The BPF Vinyls group from the UK have just released a new study into the achievable cost savings of using PVC products over alternatives.

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Ductile Iron vs PVC – PVC Pipes Corrosion Free

In this third part in our debate about some of the claims of the benefits of Ductile Iron over PVC, we compare the durability of pipes as well as the quality of the pipes.

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Ductile Iron vs PVC– PVC Pipes Environmental Sustainability

This second part in our debate about some claims of the benefits of Ductile Iron over PVC, we look at total lifecycle and sustainability of the product.

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Ductile Iron vs PVC–Superior Toughness of PVC Pipes

The US is currently going through a major period of infrastructure debate with old systems now in desperate need of repairs / replacement. One particular lobby group is heavily involved in pushing Government bodies and local authorities to replace outdated pipe systems with old technology Ductile Iron pipes. This lobby group is actively pushing claims of Ductile Iron being superior to PVC Pipes. 

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Federal funding for Stormwater and Reuse Projects need to include PVC Pipes for Sustainability

Water week recently announced Federal funding for stormwater and reuse projects, allocating more than $42million in funding for nine innovative and sustainable stormwater harvesting and re-use projects to help secure was supplies in urban areas across Australia. (WaterWeek.com.au 22 August 2012

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Co-Founder and Former leader of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore speaks on the benefits of PVC Pipes

My esteemed colleague in the US Bruce Hollands, Executive Director of the PVC Pipe Association recently posted an article about Co-Founder and Former Leader of Greenpeace, Dr Patrick Moore speaking out on the benefits of PVC Pipe.  Greenpeace are long time critics of PVC so it’s an important statement that Dr Moore has come out in PVCs defence. View the full interview here. 

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World's longest Trenchless PVC Project a Success

It’s a real testament of forward thinking councils and government bodies who are recognising the benefits of trenchless pipelines project over slower and potentially more costly trenched pipelines.

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Updating Australian Infrastructure to eliminate corrosion and maximise the potential for Australia to become a Global Food Super Power

Earlier this month Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister told an international summit that Australia needed to capitalise on the soaring regional need for food in the same way it currently did with resources.

"Just as we have become a minerals and energy giant, Australia can be a great provider of reliable, high-quality food to meet Asia's growing needs," she said.

"In doing this, we are not just an exporter of commodities but a partner in growing international markets and a provider of higher value products and services for the global food industry."

She says Australia needs to become a leader in the area of food production.

To make this achievable, the country is going to need to significantly improve the efficiency and modernise our water infrastructure. A lot of water will have to be moved to the regions where the food can be grown. We can't afford to continue to do this by using open channel irrigation, where up to 90% of the water is lost. Pipeline schemes such as the Wimmera Mallee pipeline system need to be constructed, which will require large volumes of PVC pipe.

PVC pipe will be an essential part of the country’s infrastructure looking ahead if we are to achieve this aim.

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PVC Pipe Has Lowest Break Rate, Corrosion a Problem for 75% of Water Utilities

I recently attended the Annual Conference for the Uni-Bell Pipe Association in the US, the largest gathering of PVC pipe and fitting manufacturers in the world. At the conference I met with Dr  Steven Folkman who recently released a highly detailed, researched and comprehensive study on water main breaks for the US and Canada. His most recent report, Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study April 2012, gave some staggering figures into the cost of corrosion in terms of water quality and failure rates of iron, cement and steel water pipes and the impact and cost of this onto the US and Canadian economy.  In our own Australian industry, with many water pipelines being cast or ductile iron and having been in service for 50 years or more in many cases, I would expect these results would be similar in our local market. 

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International World Water Day sparks US debate on replacing outdated water infrastructure with PVC Pipes

This International World Water Day sparked much needed debate in the US over the cost of the aging water infrastructure and the resistance from government and authorities to stop using outdated, non-corrosion resistant materials – such as Iron – and look to new technologies which has seen the development of corrosion proof materials such as PVC pipes that is cited as one of the top 20 engineering advancements of the 20th century and has a proven performance record of over 50 years in Australia, while overseas studies show the life expectancy of PVC pipes to be over 110 years.

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New study recommends PVC pipes as answer for cost effective water infrastructure upgrades

A new report just out in the US, titled Fixing America's Crumbling Underground Water Infrastructure: Competitive Bidding Offers a Way Out, has detailed the major issues facing the US with an aging underground water infrastructure and shows how cities that have embraced the use of PVC Pipes have benefited.

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