Plastic piping networks form an integral, expensive, long term and extremely important part of the infrastructure of this country.
Plastic piping is used across the complete spectrum of many industries – mining, civil, irrigation, industrial, telecommunication and building. Around 150 000 tons of pipe (PVC and HDPE) is produced annually in South Africa, representing many thousands of kilometers.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) piprd are known for their durability, flexibility, and overall resistance to environmental stress. They are also leak-free and corrosion resistant.
The integrity of these networks, built up over many years is of critical importance, serving the water supply and sewage disposal needs of many millions of people.
Plastic is clearly no longer an alternative pipe material, but has grown to a dominant position in piping systems worldwide, with an estimated share of more than 50%.
South Africa is a dry country and water is a scarce resource. With increasing demand and inconsistent rainfall, we can no longer afford the huge losses in pipelines (estimated to be in the order of 40%). The need is for piping systems that are leak-free and durable for extended lifetimes, up to 100 years.
HDPE and PVC pipes answer this call with distinction. In addition, it is highly suitable for the rehabilitation of old pipelines.
For more information visit www.sappma.co.za (SA Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association)