Truth Watch: False/Misleading Reports About HDPE Failures in Europe on May 14, 2012

The British Plastics Federation’s (BPF) plastic pipes group has attacked Ofwat for its ill-advised and groundless comments about leak problems with HDPE water pipes.

"The problems referred to do not relate to the pipes themselves but to the quality of installation," said a BPF spokesman.

"It is well known that the water utilities companies operate variable jointing and installation standards and that this can compromise the performance of the system. A lack of training, correct tooling and supervision result in poor installation, which is susceptible to leakage."

The gas industry uses the same HDPE pipes but does not have a comparable leakage problem, added the BPF. This is because the gas industry, mindful of the fatal consequences of gas leaks, has a more thoroughgoing and uniformly standardised approach to installation.

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