About Ductile Iron Pipe

Ductile Iron Pipe: Strength and Durability for LiFe

Since its introduction into the marketplace in 1955, Ductile iron pipe has been recognized as the industry standard for modern water and wastewater systems. More than five decades of field experience have proven its strength, durability, and reliability for transporting raw and potable water, sewage, slurries, and process chemicals.

Ductile iron pipe resists damage during shipping and handling. Once installed, it withstands the most demanding operating conditions, including water hammer, frozen ground, deep trenches, areas with high water tables, heavy traffic, rocky trenches, and areas of shifting, expansive, and unstable soils.

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The Value of Ductile Iron Pipe
With an anticipated service life of 100+ years, Ductile iron pipe is the most cost-effective material over a pipeline’s service life vs. other materials.
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Proven Resilience
Ductile iron pipe delivers generations of clean water delivery for communities across the nation.
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Sustainable Material
With up to 90% recycled content, Ductile iron pipe is the smart, sustainable solution for delivering clean water to communities. Ductile iron pipes are natural, safe, and sustainable. Ductile iron pipes contain at least 90% recycled materials with the pipes themselves being 100% recyclable.
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Environmental Benefits
Ductile iron pipe is made to last 100+ years, and is environmentally preferable over synthetic pipe materials, both in its recycled content and its own recyclability.
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Longevity
This strong, safe and reliable product has the longevity to last 100+ years.
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Safety in Manufacturing and In the Field
Ductile iron is safe to manufacture, safe to install and safe for communities to provide safe clean drinking water for generations. Installation is easy and safe for workers who can cut and tap Ductile iron pipe on site. Ductile iron pipe has a thicker pipe wall, so it is safer when tapping and does not require safety harnesses as other pipes. Unlike other pipe materials, Ductile iron does not release dangerous chemicals.
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Compare Options
There are many important factors to consider when determining the right pipe material for drinking water distribution infrastructure. While there are various pipe materials available, choosing the wrong one can result in premature failure, unintended maintenance and unanticipated costs over the life of the pipe. Ductile iron pipe’s strength, resilience, sustainability and long-term value are proven across a broad range of soil conditions, environments and infrastructure demands.