Courtesy of Think Pipes, Think PVC

Peter Klouda, Technical Support Engineer for Iplex Pipelines Australia gave a presentation in Canberra recently to the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia comparing sewer pipe performance.

He was responding to a question as to whether a polyethylene (PE) sewer system which combines welded pipe and fabricated fittings would be an improvement on the existing PVC rubber ring jointed systems. Some concerns have been raised by authorities and councils about the risk of infiltration due to the rubber ring system.

Klouda concluded that it is critical when choosing the right product for the system that its service life and the overall costs are determined, including the cost of the pipe, its installation costs, maintenance and repair costs, depreciation and the total asset cost. His investigation found that PVC sewer pipes have a known history, lower installation cost and lower repair cost. Why change?

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