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Major Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Solves Piping Issues with Aquatherm Green Pipe

A Major Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, Domestic Water Supply Retrofit
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Location / Date
New England
April 2013

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm Green Pipe is the only plastic piping system approved for unrestricted commercial potable water use in the state of Massachusetts
  • Aquatherm was installed to improve water quality and provided material and labor savings
  • Time was precious and Aquatherm was installed dramatically faster than metal pipes due to heat-fusion
  • Aquatherm fusion outlets make expansion and/or changes within the piping system easier and allow for flexibility

The Challenge

The pharmaceutical manufacturing facility required a domestic water piping retrofit due to extreme corrosion

The Solution

Aquatherm pipe was selected because it not only reduced the environmental impact, but it also fit into the tight installation time frame

decco In January 2013, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer located in the Northeast faced a domestic water piping retrofit at one of its biopharmaceutical research centers. DECCO, a Brookline, NH-based mechanical contractor that has extensive experience in the mechanical aspects of “bio-pharm” applications, was called upon as a project engineer to come up with a solution.

In spring of 2013, the research facility’s staff determined that the time had come to replace a portion of the city water main that feeds different domestic and lab distribution lines, approximately 160 ft of 8 in. and 10 in. piping. The research facility’s engineering staff needed a reliable solution that could be implemented quickly.

DECCO, an 80-year-old firm with expertise in process and utility piping installation, process and laboratory plumbing, specialty gas and chemical piping installation, turnkey tool/equipment installation, and a broad range of support services, worked with the facility staff to explore alternative piping options.

Copper and stainless steel were considered but both materials were costly. Furthermore, since stainless steel isn’t approved for drinking water in the state of Massachusetts, the facility manager didn’t want to try securing a variance for stainless approval. The design team toiled over possible piping methods, but one stood out. Many factors played into which pipe would be specced for the job — from installation time to non-corrosive piping materials to cost, but all indicators pointed to Aquatherm Green Pipe®.

Aquatherm Green Pipe is a polypropylene-random (PP-R) pressure piping system, designed for hot and cold potable water and food-grade applications. When installed properly, Aquatherm Green Pipe is designed to last for more than 60 years without repairs or maintenance. It was the least expensive option and was priced 15-20% less than copper and steel for this job. And, perhaps most importantly in this application, Aquatherm Green Pipe is the only approved plastic piping system approved for unrestricted commercial potable water use in the state of Massachusetts.