Standardization News

Plastic Fittings Used to Join Water Service Pipelines

ASTM International’s plastic piping systems committee (F17) is developing a proposed standard that will cover plastic bodied mechanical fittings for use with outside diameter control polyethylene (PE) water service tube and piping. Municipal water authorities will be the primary users of this proposed standard. 

According to ASTM International member Alan Brock, the proposed standard will fill a need for a specification on plastic mechanical fittings and couplings used to join water service pipelines and tubing for diameters of three inches or less. 

“The functionality of these products is similar to those already in use for natural gas applications and it would be advantageous to have a standard for use of plastic mechanical fittings three inches or less that include outside diameter controlled (IPS), inside diameter controlled (SIDR), and copper tubing size (CTS) sizing systems,” says Brock, business development manager, Philmac.

In addition to municipal water agencies, the proposed standard (WK59252) will be helpful to utilities and specifiers that require standardization of materials and projects to ensure quality. Distributors will be able to benchmark different fittings against the standard.

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Issue Month: 
January/February
Issue Year: 
2021
COMMITTEE: 
F17