June 2020, Vol. 247, No. 6

Tech Notes

Living Live, Leak Free with HDPE Hot-Tap Solution

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe has been touted for its leak-free and long service life properties for decades. When gas and water service companies add new mains and service lines, these piping systems can remain entirely HDPE and leak-free with hot tap tools.  The main benefit to this alternative procedure is the ability to add new service lines to live gas and water lines without any disruption of service. In the past, entire systems would be shut down any time a gas distribution or water utility needed to expand their systems.  For gas companies, stopping the flow meant the release of gas and methane emissions into the atmosphere not to m

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