Water Infrastructure

The Problem  |   Take Action   |   The Background

The Problem

Historical local and state procurement specifications do not always allow utility contractors to consider installing PVC pipe (or other alternative materials) in water and sewer infrastructure projects, even though PVC pipe resists corrosion and has a lower break rate than traditional materials like ductile iron.  

As a result of these local monopolies, research shows ductile iron pipe costs ratepayers about 30% more in closed-bid cities than it does for the same ductile iron pipe in open-bid cities where PVC and other alternative materials are allowed to compete for the project.   The ductile iron industry and its allies vigorously oppose changes to the local laws or exemptions to use an alternative pipe material for specific projects.

Take Action

  • Plan to join us for the 2019 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in on May 14-15, 2019: Join exeutives from across the vinyl value chain as we advance our key issues with Congress and the new administration in the White House. 
  • Sign up for Vinyl Advocacy News: The Vinyl Institute provides numerous ways for the vinyl industry to keep up on industry issues and to engage with lawmakers, including: Vinyl Advocacy News, a bi-weekly newsletter offering updates on key issues and legislation that affect the vinyl industry.
  • Host a Plant Tour: Vinyl Industry members are encouraged to invite their state and federal lawmakers for plant tours of the facilities in a Congressional member’s district. The Vinyl Institute has created a Plant Tour Guide that provides all the information and steps needed to implement a successful plant tour. 

The Background

We are seeking responsible EPA oversight of taxpayers’ investment in federally funded water infrastructure, just as most other federal infrastructure agencies, e.g. Federal Highway Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, as well as RUS and BoR, perform for their respective programs.  Oversight will lead to improved stewardship of our sewer and water systems, of taxpayer dollars distributed through SRF monies, and of local ratepayers who ultimately pay the tab for agencies’ inefficiencies in administering these programs.