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Water Quality

HDPE Pipe technical guidance (High quality Polyethylene Pipes)
 

Is PE pipe suitable for potable water applications?

Polyethylene pipeline systems for drinking water supply Polyethylene pipeline systems have been used by our customers for drinking water supply since their introduction in the 1950s. The plastics industry has taken great responsibility in ensuring that the products used do not adversely affect water quality. The range of tests undertaken on PE pipes normally covers taste, odour, appearance of water, and tests for growth of aquatic micro-organisms. This is a more extensive range of tests than is...

Can contaminants in the soil permeate through PE pipe?

In contaminated soils no pipe system can be considered completely resistant to permeation and the appropriate pipe material selection criteria should be used. Research undertaken in the USA has demonstrated that precautions are needed in the design of all pipe systems buried in heavily contaminated soils to prevent permeation of substances into drinking water. Many water companies have their own systems for classifying soils and Codes of Practice covering what types of pipe system may be...

Can any of the constituents of the pipe material leach over time into the water?

Specific compounds of PE100 have been formulated for use in potable water applications. Extensive testing has been carried out by the pipe manufacturers and independent test laboratories to ensure that there is no risk to public health. PE100 is approved universally by national organisations for potable water use.

Does PE pipe support microbiological growth?

Microbiological or microbial growth (biofilm) on the surface of components in a water supply system is likely to occur irrespective of the material used. Treatment of water with chlorine or other substances may contribute to a significant decrease. The conditions or mechanism for formation of this biofilm are not fully understood, nor why some materials appear to support greater levels of growth. However it is generally accepted that this is unrelated to water quality at the tap. Studies...


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Why choose PE compounds for pressure pipe ?

Simplicity or consistency The simplest way for any polymer producer to operate is to produce natural pellets for a wide range of applications...

Quality Materials List

PE100+ Quality Materials List is valid until December 2022. It is available online and a PDF version can be downloaded.

What range of pipe diameters is available?

PE100 can be manufactured in a wide range of polyethylene pipe diameters from 16mm to 2000mm. Even larger diameters are possible with the development...

What is SDR pipe and how does it influence the pressure rating of the pipe?

SDR pipe : "Standard Dimensional Ratio" The SDR pipe is the "Standard Dimensional Ratio" and refers to the geometry of the pipe. SDR is defined as...

Testing methods

Creep rupture strength - Internal pressure test Constant internal pressure at constant temperature The internal pressure test is standardised in ISO...

Pipe Bursting and Splitting

PIPE BURSTING / SPLITTING - TECHNIQUE Pipe bursting and pipe splitting are trenchless methods used to replace existing pipelines with PE100 in the...

Pipe Reaming

PIPE REAMING - TECHNIQUE Pipe reaming, also known as pipe eating, is a trenchless pipe replacement technique that removes the host pipe while at the...

Test Requirements

Requirements of the PE 100+ Association Firstly, the ready made compounds must conform to EN 1555-1 and ISO 4437, or EN 12201-1 and ISO 4427. Fully...

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