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US trenchless PVC Pipeline project demonstrates that with trenchless technology, water utilities can do more with less

Trenchless Technology magazine has recently named a Denver Colorado project as 2013 Water Pipeline Rehabilitation Project of the Year for its use of pipe bursting technology combined with Fusible PVC™ Pipe to replace some 70kilometres of cast iron water pipe. 

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PVC Pipes best pipeline choice for pipe under load

PVC pipes are flexible pipes, they can flex without breaking when loaded externally from soil weight and heavy duty traffic. Rigid pipes, such as those made of concrete, clay or ceramic are unable to flex when loaded and will experience wall crushing and collapse when their load limit is reached. This is generally referred to as “crush strength” and “D-Load”, however since flexible conduit reacts differently under a heavy weight load, these terms do not apply to PVC pipe.

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PVC Pipes Resisting Tree Root Intrusion

Tree roots growing inside traditional sewer pipes are a common and expensive problem experienced by many council’s and water authorities, and are responsible for blockages and damaged sewer pipes.

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New Technical Report- PVC Pipes - Clearly the best choice for Sewer Pipe in Australia

Superior all round performance of PVC piping systems make PVC the most sustainable material for sewer applications in Australia. There has been some move away from PVC pipes towards PE pipes using the concern of sewer infiltration, however this new report shows other major sources of sewer infiltration that have no link to the use PVC pipe.

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Five Reasons to Use PVC Pipes for Water Projects

Escalating deterioration of water and sewer systems due to corrosion, leaks and breaks in old-technology pipe materials threaten our ability to provide safe drinking water and essential sanitation services both today and in future generations. PVC pipe have a wide range of benefits over alternative pipes for any water projects.

We've compiled a Top 5 Why PVC Pipes are best use for Water Projects:

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PVC-O Pipes - best solutions for high pressure network water transfer

A challenge of the PVC pipes industry has been to push the traditional limit of PVC-O pipes past 300mm without lowering the orientation degree and decreasing the material quality, ensuring pipes are available for pressure ranges up to 25 bars.

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Top 10 Advantages of Trenchless PVC Pipelines VS HDPE

  1. Minimises soil displacement and resulting potential for disturbance to adjacent utilities and surface heave - Drilling the hole and removing and disposing of the soil removed is the most expensive part of trenchless installations. By using Trenchless PVC pipelines, its smaller OD means less soil is required to be removed, reducing drilling and installation time.
  2. Best Solution for Slip lining - Novafuse Fusible PVCTM pipes are potentially the best solution for slip lining, where new PVC pipes are inserted into old pipe systems requiring rehabilitation. Read more on slip lining for Pipelines
  3. More than TWICE the long term tensile strength and safe pulling stress of HDPE - Significantly longer continuous pipelines can be installed using trenchless PVC pipelines compared to any other material, increasing the potential scope of projects planning on using trenchless technology to install new pipelines.
  4. Simplifies maintenance and fittings inventory by having standard fittings and tapping’s
  5. Ease of future maintenance by utility crews as PVC pipes are the easiest to maintain
  6. Greater pull strength and less pipe weight allowing greater material efficiency reducing environmental impact
  7. Fusible PVCTM is easier and faster to install and may be possible to use for installations where HDPE is not suitable
  8. No relaxation period required for reconnection so pipelines can be put into service immediately on connection.
  9. Excellent chemical resistance to hydrocarbon permeation and chlorine induced oxidation over HDPE. PVC has superior resistance to hydrocarbons and water disinfectants than HDPE.
  10. The smaller OD of PVC Pipes allows the use of a smaller expander head when pipe bursting, reducing the force required to break the original pipe and insert the new pipeline and allowing a faster installation. For any given OD, PVC will always have a larger ID, thus greater hydraulic capacity than HDPE
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NEW TECHNICAL PAPER - PVC Pipes for Trenchless Projects

Think Pipes Think PVC has put together Australia's most comprehensive guide about PVC Pipe Trenchless Installation.

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Using PVC pipes to save Millions on CSG Water Pipeline Infrastructure Costs

Coal seam gas production is water hungry business. Millions of gigalitres of water are brought to the surface, removed from the coal seam in order for the gas to be extracted. Conservative estimates suggest coal seam gas wells could draw 300 gigalitres of water from the ground each year from the some 40,000 coal seam gas wells estimated for Australia. Once the water is brought to the surface, it needs to be transferred via a vast network of underground water pipes to large feed ponds on mining tenements. 

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PVC advances into new territory at No-Dig Down Under

Delegates at the 31st ISTT No-Dig Event will learn how to reduce project costs by utilising PVC in trenchless applications from Peter Klouda, a technical support engineer with Australian company Iplex Pipelines.

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Nine News Special Report on Water Waste

A recent Nine News special report highlighted the billions of litres of water that is lost due to old pipes and infrastructure not being updated.

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Melbourne Water $130m water pipe projects should consider PVC for renewal of Melbourne’s aging water pipe infrastructure

Melbourne Water recently announced the preferred contractors that will play a significant role in delivering its capital water projects, involving several significant water supply projects over the next five years. The projects see a significant shift away from large-infrastructure projects to a focus on renewing ageing infrastructure and maintaining an expanded asset base.Melbourne-water

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PVC-O Pipes Superior Performance - NEW TECHNICAL PAPER

In September 2012, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the international Plastic Pipes XVI Conference in Barcelona. 

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Come visit us at OzWater ‘13

 Ozwater’13 is Australia’s largest and leading water conference and exhibition and is the ‘must attend’ event for those working or interested in the water industry across the globe. 

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Imported PVC pipes and fittings face non-compliance with Australian Standards and safety requirements

• Warranties voided if non-compliant fittings are used

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Wimmera Mallee Pipeline - The final phase

2013 sees the completion of to date the largest stock and domestic supply pipeline project in Australia. The project was commissioned in 2010 and has been supplying the community of the Wimmera Mallee very successfully since that time.

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PVC Pipe part of a sustainable future

Many people forget that PVC pipe and conduit has been around since 1960 in Australia. The origins of Vinidex and Iplex also date back to the early 60’s. Electrical conduits, then sewer pipes were made using PVC followed in the mid 60’s by pressure pipe. The regional infrastructure projects of Victoria and NSW were the first to take advantage of this great new pipe system. The gas industry also used PVC in WA, Victoria and NSW.

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NEW TECHNICAL PAPER - PVC vs Ducile Iron (DI) Pressure Pipe for Water Mains

A new bulletin out today from John F. Houle P.E, the Techincal Director of Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association demonstrates the difference and clear superiority of PVC pressure pipe over Ductile Iron for water mains. The bulletin included a two page report that directly compares the two pipes across a range of areas including potability, pipe stiffness, hydraulics and fittings to name a few. The report show the differences in the pipe types and the benefits of using PVC pipe vs Ductile Iron.

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First Fusible PVC Pipeline in Local Region near Auckland

With the assistance of Iplex fusible PVC pipe, a New Zealand distance record for a continuous directionally drilled shot has been was set.

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Predictions in PVC Pipe Industry for 2013

We couldn't include a Retrospective of 2012 without looking at predictions and trends for the PVC pipe industry in 2013

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