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PostPosted: August 16th, 2006, 3:41 pm 
What are the biggest objections to using Polyethylene pipe in the water market?
What do we need to do to open these doors?

PPI has a new video about using polyethylene pipe in the water market and about how many million of gallons of water we are losing each day due to leaking joints and deteriorating infrastructure. Contact them at www.plasticpipe.org for more information.


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I've thought about the same questions for years. Maybe you could start with lobbying the governmental agencies charged with writing the rules and regulations regarding the use of polyethylene pipe for portable water use? Who knows, maybe pvc and copper will have to make way for polyethylene in future consumer home use and repair. With the right tools and pipe sizes it is possible IMHO.


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I have been hearing that the water market is the "next big thing" in PE usage for some time. How much of this market is really using PE for mains and service at this point? I would venture to say it is slim. I have heard the objection that PE lets contaminants into the water, is this true? Is this really the industry to get into for PE? If not, where can a contractor take PE business and be successful?


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Although HDPE is being used more and more in the water market across the U.S., we still have a very small piece of the overall water piping business. Through PPI and our Distributors, we are doing all we can to educate the water departments about the advantages of HDPE and get them to do pilot projects to prove our point. HDPE biggest advantage is that it can be heat fused and will not leak at the joints. Because it will not leak, contamination cannot enter the line which means cleaner, safer drinking water for us all. Add to this the many other advantages such as long life, reduced maintenance costs, no corrosion, toughness, ability to withstand pressure surges with thinner walls and you have a product that should not only be added to every towns water specification but should be used in the majority of the applications.
Other markets that now accept and use HDPE are industrial, mining, dredging, landfill, sewer,electrical conduit, etc.


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