The Water Infrastructure of the Future

When it comes to water infrastructure, the United States is in need of an upgrade.  Approximately every two minutes, there is a water main break in the United States.  Across the country, there are 2.2 million miles of water pipes, and the fact that they are prone to corrosion and leaks is a big problem. 

To deal with infrastructural weaknesses, communities in the United States will invest almost $8.5 billion in building, replacing, and rehabilitating drinking water pipes in 2024.  An important material in this overhaul is fiberglass-reinforced polymer mortar (FRPM).  FRPM can be used in new and existing water mains and pipelines and adds an additional 150+ years to the lifespan of water infrastructure with minimal disruption.  It also has a low carbon footprint when compared to other water piping systems, making it an ideal option.

FRPM was first introduced in 1960 and has already had over 30 years to prove its capabilities.  It follows a long line of other innovations, from ductile iron pipes, to prestressed concrete cylinder pipes, and steel pipes. 

Not only will updated water infrastructure cut down on the number of water main breaks, but it will also cut maintenance needs, reduce odor emissions, prevent sinkholes, and save water that would otherwise be wasted.  Pipes have been around for thousands of years, and continue to evolve.  It’s time for another step forward in water infrastructure, with FRPM leading the way.

The Water Fiberglass Pipe – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow