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PVC Pipe Break: Salamander Bay, New South Wales

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Residents in Salamander Bay are finding out the hard way that PVC pipe doesn’t have the service life as expected. Research from the University of Michigan found that nearly 46% of PVC pipe failures occurred before the pipe served 40 years. It’s even worse when the pipes keep breaking just 20 years after installation. Residents are lodging complaints with the water utility, with one saying, “This has been going on for years. To have three serious leaks in the space of four houses suggests a serious problem. One person in Mariner Crescent even put a sign up at her front door, ‘yes, I know there’s a leak and I have reported it’.”

Hunter Water forced to step up repairs in Salamander Bay

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Port Stephens Examiner – Hunter Water has been forced to carry out a string of repairs to water utilities in parts of Salamander Bay only 20 years after they were installed.

While it says the PVC mains have a 100-year service life Hunter Water has had to respond to numerous complaints from residents in the Worimi Drive and surrounding areas.

“The leaks on Worimi Drive have occurred on the services from the watermain to the resident’s water meter, which does not warrant replacing the watermain,” a Hunter Water spokesman said, of the most recent incident.

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A Closer Look into PVC Pipe Breaks

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A study from the University of Michigan puts the average life of a PVC pipe at just 50 years. Research also says that PVC pipe doesn’t handle stress well. Here are just some of the latest PVC pipe bursts and the impacts on communities that have to deal with the fallout.

A broken main caused “750,000 gallons of sewage into several surrounding canals and overflow ponds” in Brevard County, FL.

A giant sinkhole opened up in one of the endzones on Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium.

A cable truck got stuck in a sinkhole in Orange County, FL. Emergency crews were expected to arrive between 8 am and 5 pm to retrieve the truck.

PVC Pipe Fail = Giant Truck Swallowing Hole in Florida

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A cable company truck driver learned the hard way what happens when PVC pipe hits its stress limit: the pipe broke, resulting in a “massive hole” that swallowed up the back end of the truck. It happened in Orange County, FL, where officials said a “10-inch PVC water main broke and caused the ground to erode under the asphalt.” A local ABC affiliate has the story, and some remarkable photos:

“Water was still gushing from the ground as crews worked to turn off the main and get the truck out of the hole. The truck has since been removed, but the break is causing problems for residents.

“‘Customers are being notified of the outage, which could impact as many as 150 homes. We will continue to provide updates as crews assess the damage. The cause of the break is currently under investigation,’ [Carrie Proudfit of Orange County Public Safety and Health Services] said.

“About 150 residents are without water, officials said.”

It’s known that PVC pipe fails relatively quickly under stress, especially as compared with Ductile Iron Pipe. In fact, DIP withstands the most demanding operating and weather conditions with a tensile strength more than eight times that of PVC piping, which loses strength over time.

As important as it is for municipalities to know that, we’re guessing the cable truck driver wished they’d learned that lesson a different way.

How to choose the perfect Christmas tree

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Daily Record – A Christmas tree is the focus of most people’s festive decorations. We help you to choose the right Christmas tree and reveal tips and advice on the best look for 2016.

While artificial trees are much longer lasting and often cheaper than real trees many are manufactured at a cost to the environment.

Fake trees are made from plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and during PVC production the harmful toxic chemical dioxin is released.

When you do try to get rid of an artificial tree you’ll find the plastic is difficult to recycle and many end up in landfill.

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PVC Pipe Break: Columbia, South Carolina

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Some Richland County Water Works customers were under a “boil water advisory” after a 6-inch PVC pipe broke, “potentially contaminat[ing] the water in the area.” Residents were advised to boil water before drinking it or using it to cook.

PVC Pipe Break: Brevard County, Florida

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Brevard County Utility Services Director said that “plans are underway to replace [a troublesome] section of pipe with something more durable” after a broken PVC pipe sent 750,000 gallons of sewage into several canals and overflow ponds. FloridaToday had the story:

“‘I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is going to be a serious break,’ Brevard County Utility Services Director Jim Helmer told Brevard County commissioners Tuesday morning. It also is one of several such breaks to occur in a 1.1-mile stretch where 20-year-old PVC pipe was used in the sewer line. Helmer said.”

Residents in the area were asked to “restrict any activity that sent water into the drains, including flushing toilets and washing clothes” while repairs were being made.

Beachside sewage leak repaired; normal water usage OK’d

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Florida Today – Workers completed repairs to a sewer main that leaked up to 750,000 gallons of sewage into several surrounding canals and overflow ponds, Brevard County Emergency Management office said Wednesday. That means beach side residents impacted by the break on Tuesday can resume normal water usage.

The efforts came nearly a day after the large break was detected, affecting customers on the beachside between Pineda and Eau Gallie Causeways. Officials had asked residents to restrict any activity that sent water into the drains, including flushing toilets and washing clothes.

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PVC Pipe Break: Indian Land, South Carolina

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A PVC pipe break in Indian Land, SC, sent about 3,500 gallons of raw sewage into a creek, turning the water “nearly black” and leaving a foul odor that wafted for days. A spokesman for the area water and sewer district said the pipe was installed wrong, being “laid against a rock instead of in soft soil.” It took just 15 years for the PVC to break under the pressure.

The Pemex Vinyl Chloride Plant Explosion

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Product Design & Development – Unless you work in the petrochemical industry, you have probably never been near the substance called vinyl chloride. It is a chlorinated hydrocarbon that is made when one of the four hydrogen atoms in the compound called ethylene is replaced by a chlorine atom.

On the other hand, unless you live in a house whose plumbing is all more than forty or so years old, you probably use products made with vinyl chloride every day.

Polyvinylchloride (PVC) pipes are used in the plumbing of nearly all new residential and business construction, and about 40 million metric tons (units of 1,000 kg) of PVC plastic were made in 2013.

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