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9/18/2006
At the IWA World Water Exhibition and Congress in Beijing (10-14 September 2006), the companies highlighted the role that plastics are playing in preserving and distributing drinking water.

Borouge and Borealis, the leading providers of innovative plastics solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, today highlighted the positive contribution that plastics are making to potable water distribution.

At the IWA World Water Exhibition and Congress in Beijing (10-14 September 2006), the companies highlighted the role that plastics, such as Polyethylene (PE), are playing in preserving and distributing drinking water.  In an environment where drinkable water is a vital and costly resource that is set to become even scarcer as the world’s population expands, the problem is being exacerbated by water leakages from limited lifetime pipe systems that run through hundreds or thousands of kilometres in major cities.

Pipes systems made from traditional materials, such as steel and ductile iron, fail primarily, because of poor jointing and corrosion. These systems build up internal deposits which degrade water and reduce flow over time.

Many measures are necessary to address future water shortages and pipe leakage. Such measures include pipe standardisation initiatives, good pipe design and installation practices and the selection of PE materials passing the most stringent requirements. PE100+ Association, created in 1999 to highlight the best PE100 materials available on the market along with promotion activities, helps the members of the value chain to work with a framework that guarantees consistency and quality and ensures long lasting pipe systems. Borouge, leading the industry in pioneering pipe standardisation initiatives, joined the PE100+ Association in early 2006.

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