PVC’s fundamental performance qualities and environmental benefits make it the responsible choice for any municipal project. It provides long lasting, sustainable systems for Canadian communities of all sizes.
Recyclable and Reusable
Whether it’s at the manufacturing or post-industrial stage, PVC can be recycled and reused at any time. This unique benefit reduces long-term environmental impact by limiting production material waste and reducing the disposal rate of PVC piping.
Lowest Embodied Energy
PVC pressure and gravity pipes have a lower embodied energy than most alternative pipe materials. Designed with a smooth interior surface, PVC minimizes overall use-phase energy consumption for pumping due to reduced frictional forces. Total embodied energy for pipes includes cradle-to-gate, transportation, installation, use-phase, and end-of-life energy.
PVC is the only piping material offering lifecycle assessments for stakeholders that measure longevity, sustainability, and cost. With new data published regularly and proactive research initiatives underway, data on water main break rates and environmental impact are always readily available. In fact, PVC leads the industry by providing transparency on costs and product benefits.
100-YEAR TOTAL EMBODIED ENERGY1
PVC has the lowest 100-year lifecycle embodied energy providing reduced carbon footprints from water distribution systems.
With a life expectancy of more than 100 years, PVC provides the most durable and reliable solution for your municipal piping projects.
As new historical reports and material advancements continue to support the long-term benefits of PVC, it has quickly become the material of choice for thousands of municipalities across Canada.
PVC has the lowest water main break rate of all pipe materials in North America. Based on recent findings from the Water Research Foundation, PVC offers the lowest average failure rate of all materials.
Long Lasting Durability
Usage reports repeatedly show little to no degradation in PVC pipe, even after 25 years of use. With unmatched material durability, PVC offers the longest life expectancy of all municipal piping materials.
Support on All Fronts
Long-lasting benefits associated with PVC start with proper installation.1 PVC has become the material of choice for Canadian municipalities in part because of the experienced in-field support provided by Canadian manufacturers, engineers and contractors.
PVC is the world’s most versatile piping material and is the material of choice for municipal water and sewage piping systems due to its easy installation, flexibility and adaptability.
Ease of Installation
PVC provides greater reliability of service over other piping materials. Its ease of installation with other products in a variety of challenging conditions has made it an obvious choice for municipal water distribution. PVC is also ideal for use on projects requiring adaptive solutions and compatibility with existing infrastructure.
Flexible Sizing Options
PVC is available in a wide range of diameter sizes and wall thicknesses to support various water pressure systems, providing the flexibility to choose the specifications that best fit your needs.
PVC is consistently utilized for specialty applications such as trenchless installations, environmentally protected install sites, and connecting varied pressure zones. The many versatile PVC products available provide simple solutions for your most complex projects.
Flexible Sizing Options
With the introduction of larger diameter pipes, municipal water transmission projects can now utilize these innovative options and select the best fit for each installation.
When evaluating the economic impact of your municipal piping material, it is important to consider the initial capital investment as well as ongoing maintenance and repair costs which can account for up to 95% of lifetime costs over the life cycle of the infrastructure.
PVC’s Versatility, Longevity and Sustainability provide several advantages that reduce costs, while meeting the needs of the most complex municipal water and sewer infrastructure projects – now and into the future.
Reduce Labour Costs
PVC piping systems require 30-70% less material than other products, making it lighter to transport and easier to install.2 PVC material is handled with ease and can be cut on-site making assembly a smooth process. PVC doesn’t require any specialized tooling or fittings for proper installation making it a perfect fit with any other material.
In 2007, the average cost to repair a piping failure was $1.7 million. Both direct costs (repairs and environmental restoration) and indirect costs (impact on business) contribute to the total costs incurred by a piping failure. With fewer failures over its lifecycle than other materials, PVC provides significant reductions in lifetime repair costs.
Reduce Energy Burden
Overall energy requirements for water distribution using PVC is less than other materials, due to the smooth PVC pipe walls, minimizing friction and energy consumption long-term. Other materials require more pumping energy due to resistance caused by corrosion and internal degradation, resulting in increased environmental impact.
Create a Competitive Advantage
Introducing new material options to your municipality is an important factor in managing your capital budget. By opening fair competition among all materials, municipal costs are lowered across the board – allowing you to get the most out of your budget.
Material of Choice in CANADA
Communities across Canada have shown widespread acceptance of PVC as the material of choice for municipal piping.
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