December 2015 Vol. 242, No. 12


Industry Cooperation Key to Improving Infrastructure Pipeline Safety

Several years ago after the collapse of a bridge in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, a cartoon was published showing two people standing on a sidewalk acknowledging the news and bemoaning what else could go wrong. Shown only as can best be done in cartoons, was a mish-mash of pipes underneath their very feet totally out of sight, in various contortions and in varying levels of disrepair and decay. The message of the cartoonist was to demonstrate that the state of today’s infrastructure is not only what you can see, i.e., roads and bridges, but also what cannot be seen. At the Plastic Pipe Institute, that “underground infrastructure” is what mainly concerns us. The success

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