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International awareness campaign unveiled for plastic pipes

A major awareness campaign has been launched championing the suitability of plastic pipe systems for underground sewer applications in the civil engineering and utilities sectors.

Discover: Plastics celebrates the flexibility, longevity and strength of plastic pipes – as well as their speed of installation – drawing on more than 20 years of research.

Developed by TEPPFA, the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association, as well as the British Plastics Federation (BPF) Pipes Group, the campaign aims to highlight the natural suitability of plastic pipes for sewer and stormwater applications. It will shine a light on real-life case studies from across Europe, showcasing how plastic pipe systems have been successfully deployed in many challenging situations, and are continuing to function decades after their installation.

At the centre of the campaign is a dedicated knowledge hub – a specialist microsite – which brings together the results of multiple wide-ranging studies into the performance and behaviour of plastic pipes when used for sewers. These studies include the 100 Year Service Life of Gravity Sewer Pipes report, which investigated the effects of traffic loading, strain and other factors on plastic pipes in both field conditions and laboratory testing. Independently reviewed by an expert from the world of academia, the project proved that a 100 year in-service lifetime could be confidently predicted for EN-compliant plastic pipes.

Rachel Smith of TEPPFA explained: “Following an intensive piece of market research which revealed the most important considerations that specifiers take into account, we have collated the results of many years of investigation and study to create Discover: Plastics. For decades, we have invested substantially in excavating existing systems to assess their longevity; undertaking controlled lab research to quantify the benefits of flexibility; and subjected plastic pipes to continual hours of strength testing. In addition, we’ve enlisted the expertise of independent bodies which have provided verification for our work.

“We know civil engineers are passionate about their installations, and by collating this wide range of compelling evidence, we can demonstrate that plastics display all the qualities required of a long-lasting sewer pipe system.”

Caroline Ayres, Director of the UK-based BPF Pipes Group which is a member of TEPPFA, commented: “This strongly supported research by TEPPFA endorses much of the valuable work of our members on below-ground plastic pipes, and we wholeheartedly welcome this campaign, which will help enable specifiers and civil engineers to better understand its benefits.” 

For full details see www.discover-plasticpipes.com/UK

Read more in this WWT opinion piece by Caroline Ayres.

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Pipes & Pipelines
Tags: plastic pipes , sewers , stormwater

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