PVC and Energy Efficiency

On a lineal basis, PVC has become the leading pipe material in the United States today, accounting for more than 70 percent of all water and sewer pipe now being installed.

PVC pipe manufacturing is energy efficient, consuming fewer BTUs than alternative materials for equal lengths of pipe.

A Franklin Associates study has indicated that the manufacture of pressure piping used in the building, construction and transportation industries required 56,497 trillion fewer BTUs than iron and concrete/aggregate alternatives would require if they were substituted for all PVC pipe.

PVC pipe and fittings also weigh less than alternative piping materials allowing for significant energy savings in their transportation.

The National Research Council of Canada found that the "break rate" for vinyl water distribution pipe was 0.5 breaks per 100 km (62 miles) per year as compared with 32.6 breaks per 100 km per year for cast iron and 7.9 breaks per 100 km per year for ductile iron.1 Lower break rates minimize the risk of contamination and provide major savings in time and resources.

Pipe breaks and water loss are major problems for water utilities with corroding metal pipes.

All PVC drinking water pipes are certified under NSF International's Standard 61, to assure the preservation of drinking water quality standards established by US EPA.