High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is a primary alternative to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipe for all piping applications and is rapidly gaining market share. Used since the 1950s, HDPE has demonstrated its effectiveness through its durability, leak-free performance, corrosion resistance, and ductility. Its greater resilience and flexibility make it less susceptible than PVC to surges, damage from digging, and shifting soils during earthquakes.

PVC Pipe

• Contains chlorine

• Dioxin produced in manufacture

• Moderate abrasion and chemical resistance

• More susceptible to surge shocks

• Joint seams can leak

• Rigid


• Chlorine-free

• No dioxin produced in manufacture

• High abrasion and chemical resistanc

• Less susceptible to surge shocks

• Seamless joint connections

• Flexible


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About This Project

This project was researched, designed and coded by Phil Loubere and Jordan Kennedy in Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Journalism, Visual Communication concentration.

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Last updated in May 2014.