Have you ever been asked what lining or coating your Ductile iron pipe material needs to have? Does all pipe in a water or sewer application system need some protective measure to keep the service life of the pipe constant? Ductile iron has been a reliable material for transporting water and wastewater nationwide for many years. Many variations of linings and coating have developed over time, but ceramic-enhanced epoxy and/or (porcelain enamel) glass linings have become the typically specified options. The remainder of this #IronStrong Blog compares these two protective lining options.
Oxidation and rust are related, yet they are not equal nor interchangeable as words or concepts. Both are a form of corrosion, although varying by many degrees and measures. Quite simply, and although early in this article, here's the bottom line – oxidation results in and typically stalls at "surface discoloration," a largely cosmetic effect often referred to as patina. Rust results in a loss of metal mass. Keep reading this Iron Strong Blog for more details of the difference.
Any Ductile iron pipe installation project aims to build a safe, long-lasting, and leak-free pipeline. Occasionally, you may seek resources to ensure you are installing pipe correctly. That’s where McWane Ductile comes into play. Along with our Learning Center, chock full of informative blogs, installation guides, and tip sheets, we have recently created some new videos detailing some best practices. Check out these detailed step-by-step installation videos below to help boost the productivity of your entire crew!
Are you the owner, supervisor, or crew member responsible for installing Ductile iron pipe? Have you ever become nervous before a hydrostatic pressure test or experienced increased anxiety during a test? Were you relieved when the waterline passed the test? What about if it failed? Did you feel defeated?
Over the years, products manufactured in our country have continually provided us with resources to enhance our quality of life. One key component in this regard is the diligence we have seen from various entities to ensure products are manufactured properly, safely, and in a manner that protects the environment and sustains economic viability. In this Iron Strong Blog, initially published in January 2021 and now updated to reflect today's climate, we will discuss why to consider a domestic onlyDuctile iron pipe (DI pipe) specification.
My local water utility recently contacted our home to inform us they were turning the water off from noon to 6:00 p.m. to repair a newly discovered water leak. This situation made me think about water loss, specifically how long the water line had been leaking, how many gallons of treated water was lost, and how a utility keeps up with water loss. This Iron Strong Blog describes the various components of a Water Loss Control Plan (WLCP) and the importance Ductile iron pipe (DI pipe) plays in an overall water management strategy.
The waterworks and water utility industry were not spared from the shortages of finished products essential to maintaining and expanding drinking water systems nationwide. However, much progress has been made in recent months to improve this situation. This updated Iron Strong Blog of a content piece first posted on March 23, 2023, will discuss McWane Ductile’s current delivery and inventory position to the waterworks community and will correct the persisting misconception that Ductile iron pipe products are currently unattainable.
There are still a few more weeks before the official start of summer, but hot and humid conditions are already upon us. Because McWane Ductile manufactures Ductile iron products in a foundry environment, ensuring our employees are safe from injury and illness, such as heat stress, is crucial. This #IronStrong Blog describes the stages of heat stress and how McWane Ductile enables employees to combat this hazard within the foundries during seasons with increased temperatures. The tips listed in this blog can also be applied at home and play.
A major goal of a water utility is to increase its safe yield as it can directly relate to economic development, potential limiting of new customer connections, or quality of life in general when ample water supply is limited. In this #IronStrong Blog, we will discuss factors that affect safe yield and strategies to ensure it.
In our often-frantic daily routines, we rarely stop to think about something as simple as the water we consume daily. How does water get to our home? How do we know the water is clean and safe? Who’s responsible for providing this critical need? With May 7th through the 13th, 2023, being Drinking Water Week, this #IronStrong Blog highlights the importance of water workers and simply sends a much-deserved thank you!
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