Upper District Shares Plastic Pipe Expertise with Chinese Visitors

Upper District Shares Plastic Pipe Expertise with Chinese Visitors

MONROVIA – A delegation of government officials from the Guangdong province of China recently visited the Upper District to learn firsthand about the efficiencies and benefits of using plastic pipes in the water distribution system.  This “plastic pipe” is made of Polyvinyl (PVC) material and specifically uses C900 water pipe that has the long-term hydrostatic strength to meet the high safety requirements commonly needed by municipal water systems.

The delegation included members of the Yuanzhou County Committee, a construction development consultant from Yuanzhou Town Government in China’s Bolou County, the Vice Director of The Architectural Design Research Institute of Guangdong Province as well as Water Treatment and Environmental Protection Technology Development Center.  Part of the delegation also included the Chairman of Mingzhi Corporation, Ltd.
Translators from Metropolitan Water District (MWD) and JMEagle made it possible for Upper District General Manager Shane Chapman and other members of the local water industry to communicate and answer questions about plastic pipes, applications and installation.  
 
The Chinese delegation conducted site tours of manufacturing facilities of alternative materials for piping that is needed to expand and replace their water infrastructure.  The traditional materials used have been concrete, ductile iron and steel pipe.  However, concrete joints tend to separate and leak while ductile iron and steel pipe corrode into the soil.  Plastic piping isn’t widely used in China and is viewed with skepticism regarding its durability, reliability and overall quality.  China’s plastic piping manufacturing industry has not developed minimum quality standards and the plastic piping that is being produced lacks quality.
 
The delegation toured the JMEagle’s Fontana, CA and Kingman, AZ plants where they saw PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and PE (Polyethylene) plastic pipe being manufactured, along with extensive quality testing and the mandatory quality standards of the U.S. manufacturing process.  Their visit to Upper District was an opportunity to see firsthand plastic pipelines being installed in the Upper District’s’ City of Industry Recycled Water Project Phase IIB Package 3 Recycled Water Pipeline project.