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Study confirms long life for polyethylene water pipe
— The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced an ongoing study by Jana Laboratories that confirms long life-expectancy for pipe made from polyethylene (PE) when used in municipal potable water systems. The study is the latest in-depth research commissioned by PPI investigating the effects of disinfection on the lifetime of PE pipes. Interim report findings state PE pipe can last in excess of 100 years under most water quality conditions, service environments, and disinfection techniques. The report is available online at

Webinar looks at LEED calculations for reinforced concrete pipe
— While there are many claims about what products are the “greenest,” this webinar, presented Nov. 19 by the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), will take a look at reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) and the LEED points that are available to a designer when they choose RCP. According to the ACPA, a designer should choose a product based on its real environmental properties and applications. This webinar will focus on new construction, and will discuss how and where using RCP can help a project obtain more LEED-related points than other pipe products. To register, go to

Program set for WWEMA’s 101st annual meeting
— Representatives from some of the nation’s leading producers of water and wastewater technologies will convene in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Nov. 12-14, 2009, at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA). The theme of this year’s meeting is Looking Beyond the Stimulus: Life After ARRA for Water Infrastructure. Speakers will offer their perspectives on the current economic conditions affecting water infrastructure spending and the outlook for growth in the municipal and industrial sectors. Attendees will also take part in roundtable discussions to share ideas and experiences on a host of pertinent topics. Details on WWEMA’s 101st Annual Meeting can be found at

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