When pipe engineers talk about "civils", their focus is on non-pressure application areas that cover underground drainage and sewer networks, foul and storm water, road and land drainage and infiltration.

Most of Europe's sewer networks are widely considered as antiquated and many of these not fit for purpose. Replacement of these networks with plastic pipe systems would ensure added social and environmental value. TEPPFA is therefore striving to promote the interests of standardisation and certification. Field experience, industry and independent investigations as well as proven performance are extensive. They form a solid body of technical evidence and opinion.

The plastic pipe industry has responded to the challenges of climatic change. Exciting developments for plastic pipes in the field of rainwater management are changing the way civil engineers plan and structure their environment. Computer aided design and engineering is shortening the product development time between blueprint and newsprint. The development of new products and the search for new applications are continuous.