Pipe

Enbridge to Begin Line 3 Replacement Project

Enbridge has received all permits and approvals needed to begin the company's Line 3 Replacement Project.

ISCO Industries

ISCO Industries Inc., is now a national distributor of Aquatherm polypropylene piping systems.

Oregon City Completes In-Pipe Hydropower Project

The City of Hillsboro, Ore., has completed a project that generates electricity by harvesting excess pressure from a city water pipeline.

AWWA Releases Second Edition of Polyethylene Pipe Manual

The American Water Works Association has released the newest edition of M55, PE Pipe – Design and Installation manual.

New Fusion Guides for Gas Piping Available from PPI

The Plastics Pipe Institute has developed two technical new reports on the fusion of polyethylene and PA12 pipe.

Study Predicts $52 Billion in Water Utility Trenchless Technology Investments over Next Decade

A new study by Bluefield Research expects the economic recession combined with aging water infrastructure across the country will spur over $50 billion in trenchless technology investments.

Plastics Pipe Institute Offering Bounty for Old Exhumed HDPE Pipe

The Plastics Pipe Institute is offering a reward for old exhumed HDPE pipe as part of a research project to demonstrate the material's longevity.

Clay Pipe Gets Better with Age: In a World of Plastics, Clay Pipe Still Stands Out

Most people involved in utility construction know clay pipe has been around for a long time – thousands of years, in fact, beginning in 4000 B.C. in Babylonia. It has been used in the United Kingdom since the late 1600s.

EPA Issues Final Rule for Drinking Water Pipelines

American environmental regulators have introduced a final rule that updates requirements for lead-free pipes used in drinking water infrastructure.

Vegas Giving up Bid to Pump, Pipe Water From Rural Valleys

Las Vegas water officials said they’re giving up a decades-long plan to pump and pipe groundwater from rural northeast Nevada to suburbs and tourist resorts in the state’s largest metropolitan area.

Plastics Pipe Institute Cancels Annual Meeting

The Plastics Pipe Institute has canceled its annual meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ameren Illinois Continues to Modernize With $8.5 Million Gas System Projects

Ameren Illinois announced additional updates to its natural gas system with $8.5 million in replacement projects scheduled for completion by late October in Springfield and San Jose.

PPI Announces Oil and Gas Pipeline Training and Fusion Course

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, announced that its next training seminar for the energy industry will focus on the proper use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and composite pipe for oil and gas gathering including process water lines.

Construction Begins to Repair Damage From 120 Million Gallon Sewer Leaks in Florida

Construction has begun to repair damaged sewer lines in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida after nearly 130 million gallons of sewer water leaked over several days last December.

Report Blames R.I. Winter Gas Outage on Low Pipe Pressure

Rhode Island public utilities regulators say a natural gas outage that affected more than 7,000 customers last winter was caused by low pressure in a pipeline.

New Jersey Gas Utility Pipeline Project Named Project of the Year

A $900 million gas main upgrade project responsible for upgrading over 500 miles of gas lines has been named as Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute - New Jersey Chapter.

Stricter EPA Lead Rule Could Boost Water Pipe Replacement Demand

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to its lead rule for drinking water that could add demand for pipeline replacement projects throughout the United States.

PPI Publishes MAB Guidelines for Pipe Bursting with HDPE Pipe

A new step-by-step instruction document for the pipe bursting installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) PE 4710 pipe has been published by the Municipal Advisory Board, an independent, non-commercial adviser to the Municipal & Industrial Division of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI). MAB Guidelines for PE 4710 Pipe Bursting of Potable Water Mains (MAB-5-2019) is available free of charge via the Publications section of plasticpipe.org.

Weldbend, Boltex Win False-Claims Lawsuit Against Ulma Forja

A jury returned a verdict in favor of Weldbend and Boltex on all counts in a lawsuit by the American carbon steel flange manufacturers against a Spanish company, Ulma Forja – part of the Mondragon Corp. – and its U.S. subsidiary, Ulma Piping.

Volunteers Canvass Newark in Service Line Replacement Push

Volunteers have been going door-to-door in Newark, New Jersey, to help sign up thousands of residents to have their corroding lead service lines replaced.

APA Group Completes Gas Pipeline, Brisbane River Crossing

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APA Group completed the installation of a gas pipeline in Australia that included a 300-foot (905-meter) crossing under the Brisbane River.

Canopy Pilot-Tubes Provides Unique Project Solution

LRL Construction recently completed a project to replace a failing 6-foot-diameter corrugated steel drainage pipe under a busy two-lane U.S. Highway 101 in Manzanita, OR, a scenic, seaside village on the Pacific Ocean in the northwest part of the state.

Gas Explosion Hits Office, Shopping Complex

A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal, authorities said.

Municipal Advisory Board Publishes HDPE Pipebursting Guidelines

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.

CUIRE Laboratory Receives a 330-kip Actuator

In February, CUIRE purchased a 330-kip actuator from MTS Company for its soil box testing of underground pipes. This actuator will be used for the NCHRP SAPL Project to develop structural design methodology for Spray Applied Pipe Liners (SAPLs) in gravity stormwater conveyance conduits through actual size soil box testing.

Plastic Pipes XX Conference Planned for 2020

Abstracts for papers to be presented at Plastic Pipes XX may be submitted until Oct. 22, 2019. The conference and exhibition, sponsored by the Plastic Pipes Conference Association—comprising the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI), PE 100+ Association, and the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA)—takes place Sept. 21–23, 2020, in Amsterdam at Hotel Okura.

Hidden Beneath the Bed

Undocumented Obstacles Below Railroad Tracks Complicate Ramming Job

Steering Through Sandy Soils to Upgrade City Sewer System

The economy in Garden City, Kan., is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers makes its way to the plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To keep up with the expected growth from the dairy industry and retail stores being constructed nearby, Garden City is upgrading existing utilities to ensure they are prepared to handle current and future needs.

PPI Offers Free Course on Selecting, Specifying HDPE for Power, Communications

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) launched a new Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-style course about design, installation and specification of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit and duct. Selecting & Specifying HDPE Conduit for Power and Communications Applications can be downloaded free from the PPI website.

New INGAA Report Highlights Importance of Natural Gas to a Lower-Carbon Economy

Natural gas will remain a significant contributor to the energy portfolio and to economic growth in the United States over the next two decades, playing a key role in meeting low-carbon goals, a new study commissioned by the INGAA Foundation finds.