Study: HDPE outperforms all other materials in earthquakes

Water Research Foundation on October 05, 2012

The purpose of this project is to provide water agencies information that highlights the following:

  • Damage to water system infrastructure in three recent earthquakes (Chile 2010, Christchurch 2010−2011, Japan 2011).
  • Response of the water agencies in repair and restoration of potable water service to customers
  • Effectiveness of various earthquake-countermeasures that were previously implemented by these water agencies. This includes upgrades of tanks, buildings, equipment, and (selectively) replacement of old buried pipe with "earthquakeproof" pipe.

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