GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) applauds the House passage of the Water Resources Development Act. DIPRA provides policymakers and the public with information on how best to update local water infrastructure.
"We are pleased to see Members of Congress take the country's water infrastructure needs seriously," said Jon R. Runge, CAE, President of DIPRA. "Our nation's water infrastructure system is critically important for our public health and emergency response systems. Communities across the country are looking to update their water infrastructure, as many have been using the same pipes for more than 100 years. While the longevity of cast iron pipes is a testament to their strength and resilience, it is time to retire those older pipelines and let modern Ductile Iron Pipe provide future generations with safe, reliable, access to water."
Iron pipe has been used for centuries around the world to safely and reliably deliver water to communities and homes, outlasting – and now replacing – other less successful pipe materials.
"It's important that communities stay ahead of any potential infrastructure problems by replacing outdated systems with materials that are strong, reliable and have the resilience to meet the many unforeseen demands our infrastructure will face over the coming generations," Runge said. "Americans deserve access to clean drinking water and dependable fire abatement systems. When we consider how long we expect our water mains to function, Ductile Iron Pipe is the best option available."
Utility officials and professional engineers have a life cycle cost analysis model available to compare the true cost of varying materials for water pipelines throughout their service lives. The tool, developed by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan, can be used to evaluate multiple factors affecting pipes applied over various scenarios, allowing utility decision makers to determine cost-effectiveness, including costs associated with environmental impacts.
Ductile Iron Pipe is manufactured using up to 98 percent recycled materials, and its design saves energy during operations compared to alternative materials. It also maintains iron pipe's benchmark service life of more than 100 years.
About the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
From its inception, the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) has provided accurate, reliable and essential engineering information about cast iron, and now Ductile Iron Pipe, to a wide variety of utilities and consulting engineers.
Founded in 1915, the organization's initial role was to promote the superior qualities of iron pipe, and soon evolved into a technically-based, research-oriented organization providing a variety of technical brochures and publications, representation on standards-making committees, technical research on a variety of applications-based topics such as corrosion control and design of Ductile Iron Pipe, and personal technical service through a regional engineer program.
While DIPRA member companies have different names and locations, they share a common commitment to produce and deliver the finest quality water and wastewater pipe material in the world, Ductile Iron Pipe, at the greatest possible value to its purchasers.
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