Across the Atlantic on a Pipe Raft

When Columbus set sail to navigate a new route to Japan, his historic discovery of the New World changed our perception of geography forever. More recently and almost 520 years later, a group of experienced sailors decided to retrace his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on a raft made from plastic pipes. Crazy as it may seem, this modern day band of explorers were faced with some daunting challenges, namely how would they build their craft and how would the crew and vessel survive a 3000 mile voyage through difficult waters? 

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Pipes for Power, Performance and Posterity

When planning a construction project, environmental considerations can be just as difficult to accommodate as cost and time factors. However, the new Tessenderlo power plant illustrates that all three constraints can be achieved perfectly for the generation of power for generations. 

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Dutch Underground Secret to Protect Environment

The Dutch are world renowned for their engineering expertise in the field of water management. In 2006, Brabant Water, a water utility company in the South of The Netherlands decided to expand its regional distribution network. Its challenge was to lay a 19 kilometre pipeline across an area of outstanding natural beauty. Appreciation for the environment was therefore paramount. 

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Manila Water Shows How!

Some European cities could learn a few things from the Manila Water Company in the Philippines. In 1997, the public water distribution network for the Eastern district and adjoining suburbs of the Philippine capital was out of date. Furthermore, sewer and sanitation services were seriously antiquated. Water losses from leaking pipes and illegal tapping amounted to 63%, standard of water quality was low, customers were few despite a growing population, revenues were minute and supply connections were few and far between. 

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Sewage Lining Sewer Project in Berlin

Trenchless technology offers various fast and economic ways to renovate old and antiquated pipelines with the use of plastic pipes. The latest Berlin Water Trade Fair provided an international window for ingenious technology in the field of water management. But how to show the visitors to the Fair in one day only, exactly how easy and without any disruption these kind of plastic solutions are? 

That was the challenge that a German engineering firm set itself. 

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Plastic Pipes Help Poland Meet EU Sandards

Leaking water, sewer and gas pipelines in Poland are raised to a higher standard by the use of plastic pipes. A water and sewer renovation program has been developed in response to public demand for improvements. These improvements rely on plastic pipes.

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Renewing the Water Mains in London

"Polyethylene is an excellent material for drinking water distribution mains." These are the words by Mike Shepherd, Senior Consultant – Networks – for Thames Water Utilities Ltd. Currently, he is involved in the major project of renewing London's Victorian Water Mains in which plastic pipeline systems play a key role. 

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Holy Water Supply

The historical Holy Island, famous for its connection with early Christianity, has for the first time another connection - a link to a water supply on the mainland. 

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Shanghai City Residents to Have Clearer Tap-Water

Shanghai is chaotic, overcrowded, overbuilt and clogged with traffic. It is after all, one of Asia’s most exuberant cities. Unfortunately for the city and its many occupants, the drinking water quality is low. But now the Shanghai government will renovate the water supply facilities in residences built before 2000 in the city's central area.

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To Call us Satisfied Would be a Gross Understatement

Calgary in Western Canada was one of the first cities in North America to make the switch from iron to plastic pipes in their water and sewer systems. This economically motivated switch has led to cheaper housing for many of Calgary's one million residents and to millions of dollars saved for the city.

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High Safety, Lower Cost

Since the 1970's, the French gas company, Gaz de France, has installed one of Europe's biggest plastic pipe systems for distribution of gas. The installation of plastic pipes has meant high safety and considerable reductions in costs compared to traditional piping systems.

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Reliable Gas Distribution with Ductile PVC

The task of providing safe and reliable residential gas distribution systems in towns and villages and connecting some 230.000 households as well as small and bigger businesses is a major responsibility. One of the leading Dutch gas grid operators has extensive experience in using ductile PVC for their main pipes.

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Cable Protection

Plastic pipe systems offer ideal protection for buried cables and fibre optics both inside and outside the building.

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Aloha to Plastic Pipes on the Scale of Richter

The sewer system of Honolulu escaped unscathed after a major earthquake hit Hawaii. While other pipes are built with cushions around them, PVC and other types of plastic pipes were flexible enough to withstand the intense shaking on their own.

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