# 2008 Budapest
The study analyses the economic, environmental and technical effects of using plastics in drinking water and wastewater networks, through a keen Cost-Benefit Analysis. The project starts from the assumption that utilities networks are key factors to guarantee satisfactory services for all the citizens. Low innovation and lack of satisfactory pipelines, in other words, no action, burden everyone with damages, not only economic, but also of the environment and the community. Costs of no action have a damaging effect on countries, for their economies, for the environment and for the general welfare. The use of plastics for mains and sewers is a technological change that assures important cost savings. The research investigates the Italian case, where the benefits of plastics’ use in water industry amount up to 85 billion €.