Ductile Iron Pipes are built to last forever, and have withstood the vagaries of weather and natural calamities for several hundreds of years. More importantly, they have their own environmental benefits—both in their own recyclability and recycled content mode. Here are some of the few environmental benefits of Ductile Iron Pipe:
- Ductile Iron Pipe is made out of recycled iron and steel scrap; PVC pipe, which is manufactured from petrochemicals, are proven to be detrimental to the environment, natural ecosystem and human health in general.
- Because Ductile Iron has up to 98 percent recycled content, it is easily a 100 percent recyclable material. Several centuries of use have shown that it presents no associated health risks.
- Ductile Iron is built to increased flow capacity which results in considerable energy savings and minimum pumping costs. In actual, a comparative study of energy consumption saving levels between Ductile Iron Pipe and PVC has shown a difference of almost 38 percent in power savings.
- These energy savings in effect are found to lower carbon dioxide emissions and production of CO2.
- Ductile Iron Pipe is highly impermeable which means the drinking water is not at all contaminated, whereas plastic pipe is more vulnerable to pipe damages and consequently, water contamination. To put it straight, a recent study conducted by the EPA proves 98 percent of permeation instances were associated with the use of plastic pipes only.
- Ductile Iron does not leak or seep toxic substances or hazardous chemicals into drinking water.