PVC was discovered as early as 1835 but due to its intractability was not used for any commercial endeavour for almost 100 years.
History of PVC Infrastructure Piping
In the 1930’s Scientists realized PVC would be ideal in applications where durability and toughness were paramount. The earliest PVC pipes were laid in various cities throughout Europe from 1936 to 1941. They were prized as a water delivery system for their chemical resistance, lack of taste or odour and smooth interior surfaces. Apart from damage caused during WWII, these pipelines are still in service today.
The manufacture of PVC pipe was largely makeshift until the 1950’s when the development of extrusion technology began to redirect the industry. The technological advances in PVC pipes and fitting during the ensuing decades made PVC infrastructure piping a durable, lasting alternative and a true competitor to traditional municipal underground systems including gas distribution, water and sewer services, and electrical conduit. In 2005 PVC became the largest volume plastic pipe in North America selling in excess of 6.8 billion pounds.
Find Out How It’s Made
In the News
Discover water main breaks in Canada and how they affect municipalities.