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05-21-2012

Teppfa: EU Water Efficiency Workshop

In advance of the water-themed 2012 Green Week, a workshop held at the EU Parliament on 10 May , organised by Euractiv and supported by Teppfa – The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association –, was unanimous in its agreement that the current inefficiencies of the water supply and drainage infrastructure across Europe was unsustainable.

There was also a shared view from the panel, that there is a critical need to deploy new systems and technologies, all of which are currently available, but not yet universally used, to affect improvements in water efficiency.

Innovations such as the ‘Infiltration box’, made of an assembly of hundreds or even thousands of plastic cubes, are capable of both temporarily storing thousands of cubic metres of water (avoiding excess groundwater from storms pouring directly in the pipeline system with the consequent risk of flooding); and allowing more time for this water to infiltrate into the ground to feed the water table. This rainwater then remains available to tap as a long-term water resource to help alleviate water scarcity and meet growing needs.

In answer to a question about the health and environmental impacts of piping technologies, Hans Telgen, speaking as chaiman of Teppfa, announced that the plastic pipe systems industry had recently voluntarily invested in the development of full Life Cycle based Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) following ISO methodology for plastic and alternative materials piping systems. The studies prove that Plastic pipe systems have a far lower environmental impact compared to other materials.

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