Municipal Advisory Board Publishes HDPE Pipebursting Guidelines

(UC) — The Municipal Advisory Board (MAB) announced that it has approved and published new step-by-step instructions for the pipebursting installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) PE 4710 pipe.

Utility workers start the pipe bursting pull using HDPE pipe to rehabilitate a water pipeline. (photo: PPI)

The new MAB guideline is for static pipe bursting to replace potable water mains using HDPE piping systems that conform to AWWA standards.

The document, titled The MAB Guidelines for PE 4710 Pipe Bursting of Potable Water Mains (MAB-5-2019), may be downloaded free from MAB's website. It includes multiple sections such as pro-forma text for project submittals, minimum contractor qualifications, planning tips, installation details and more to provide an efficient, leak-free project.

MAB-5-2019 can be adopted in conjunction with the MAB Model Specifications for PE 4710 Buried Potable Water Service, Distribution and Transmission Pipes and Fittings, or modified by the specifier to fit the project.

MAB serves as an independent, non-commercial adviser to the Municipal & Industrial Division of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

As the premier technical resource for data on the development and design of plastic pipe and conduit systems, PPI collaborates with industry organizations that set standards for manufacturing practices and installation methods.

The 10-member MAB Task Group that developed and led this project included:

- Todd Grafenauer, Murphy Pipelines, Florida, Chair;

- Jessie Allen, PE, City of Arlington, Texas;

- Alan Ambler, PE, AM Trenchless, Florida;

- Alan Atalah, PE, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Ohio;

- Marisa Boyce, PE, EBMUD, California;

- Ryan McKaskle, PE, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma;

- Camille Rubeiz, PE, PPI, Texas;

- Andrew Schipper, PE, City of Ft. Wayne, Indiana;

- Eric Shaffer, PE, City of Duluth, Minnesota; and,

- Matthew Wirtz, PE, City of Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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