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Strongbridge has joined The Alliance for PE Pipe

Read The Alliance Newsletter for month of July

The July 2012 Issue of HDPE Pipeline:
Responsible Infrastructure

Who We Are

The mission of the Alliance for PE Pipe, Inc. is to promote smooth-wall polyethylene pipe and fittings as the material of choice for municipal water and sewer piping applications. HDPE is the responsible choice for piping systems: Environmentally-responsible due to its leak-free properties, Fiscally- responsible due to its lower life-cycle, installation and maintenance costs, Socially-responsible due to trenchless installation resulting in less disruption to traffic flow and commerce. Help your city to make the responsible choice today. Choose HDPE for water and sewer piping.

Polyethylene Pipe Offers:

-Trenchless installation
-Lowest failure rates
for water mains
-Lowest life cycle costs
-Resistance to galvanic
-No gaskets to leak
-Outstanding flexibility
-Resistant to ground
-Excellent flow
-Low maintenance costs
-Easily repaired

Upcoming Events

ASCE Pipelines: The Alliance will be exhibitors at ASCE Pipelines on August 19-21

Check www.pepipe.org for upcoming Roadshows in Miami, Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Dallas, & Houston. Dates for all shows are still being determined.

Shaw Environmental Seminar in Texas

Engineers from preeminent engineering firm Shaw Environmental received continuing education credits this month during an HDPE seminar at their Arlington, Texas office.  The Alliance conducts regular HDPE educational sessions and provides the documentation for attendees to receive credit for their attendance.  After a “Wreck” sandwich from Potbelly’s, Heath Casteel from pipe manufacturer, Performance Pipe provided the HDPE 101 session and Cheddy —– from distributor Gajeske, Inc, walked everyone through the basics of the fusion process using 4″ IPS pipe from Performance Pipe.  Attendees witnessed the fusion then tried their own hand at it.

HDPE pipe allows agencies to upgrade their systems with leak-free pipes that last over 100 years.  Experienced agencies have learned, however that specs have to be upgraded and contractors need to have trained and certified staff working the project and more importantly, the fusion machines.  The monolithic structure requires no maintenance because it does not leak, break, pit, or corrode thus allowing agencies to focus their maintenance dollars on capital and other more necessary line items.

Contact Peter Dyke if you would like to host a lunch and learn at your facility.pdyke@pepipe.org

On Tap With the Director…

Summer is here. Cities across America are dealing with drought conditions unlike any they’ve seen before. Last year, Texas felt it most, this year, it’s the Midwest.   Regardless of where you live and how hot it gets, one factor remains; water is our most precious resource. When the ground dries-up from drought conditions, the soil contracts and shifts, causing the bedding for pipelines to dislodge traditional piping systems. Non-flexible piping materials with traditional joints often fail when this occurs.  Last year, Houston saw thousands of failures of this nature.

HDPE piping is the answer to this challenge. HDPE is flexible and joint-free which means there are no opportunities for failure at connection points. If the earth shifts due to dry conditions, HDPE pipe will move with the earth without failing.  For those of you reading this in areas plagued by drought, it’s time to re-think pipe.   Why continue to pay to treat and transport water that never gets to the end user? Why continue to replace our current failing pipe infrastructure with the same materials that we know will fail when the ground dries up and shifts?  HDPE is the responsible choice for water and sewer.  Contact the Alliance for a free seminar for your staff on how HDPE pipe can meet today’s rehabilitation and replacement challenges.

Steve Shur
Executive Director, Alliance for PE Pipe

Check Out the US Drought Monitor

Drought is a serious condition across much of the United States as we move into the hot summer months.  This map, an interactive version of which can be found at the website of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln here, shows just how widespread of an issue is for our nation.  If your area is covered in red or orange in the map, then there is a good chance that you recognize the serious impacts of drought, but did you know that the problem of water loss within your water infrastructure is exacerbated by drought and its accompanying groundshifts?

Houston as a Case Study: Drought and Groundshifts Cause Issues for Infrastructure

As many of our readers are aware, extreme weather conditions can have a very negative impact on water distribution systems throughout our nation.  For example, the city of Houston, TX lost 19% of the water in its system from June 2011 – June 2012.  Much of this was due to the drought that occured last year, when 100+ degree temperatures exerted an enormous amount of pressure on the city’s distribution system, resulting in 11,000 leaks.  In September and October one-fourth of the city’s water was being lost, according the Houston Chronicle.  Thankfully, the system did not completely break down.   But this does illustrate the extreme impact that drought can have on our aging infrastructure.  As noted by the city’s Public Works and Engineering spokesman, groundshifts caused old and new lines to have issues, presenting more evidence that HDPE Pipe and its leak-free nature are the answer to the question many municipalities are asking these days: “How can we protect our water supply from drought and extreme conditions?”

Enclosing Open Canals With Buried Pressurized HDPE to Prevent Water Loss in Utah

Roosevelt, UT chose HDPE pipe manufactured by WL Plastics and installed by the Dry Gulch Irrigation Company to enclose irrigation canals that were previously open to the air. Not only will the HDPE pipe help reduce the salinity of the water due to run-off, but it will deliver 30% more water to the end users.  Now, with the addition of water that was previously lost to evaporation and seepage in the open canal system, crop production is expected to increase by more than $750,000 annually.  Read more about it here.

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