Is Alkathene pipe the same as MDPE?

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Is Alkathene pipe the same as MDPE?

What is Alkathene Pipe and is it different to MDPE? Blue and black MDPE products for water supply may also be referred to as alkathene, which was a commercial name for polyethylene first introduced by ICI in the 1930s. Today it is more commonly known as MDPE.

Is Alkathene pipe safe for drinking water?

High density polyethylene (often called alkathene or polythene) has been used since the early 1960s. It is suitable for both potable water and wastewater services but it can only be used for cold water supply.

What sizes does Alkathene pipe come in?

We stock; 20mm, 25mm, 32mm, 50mm and 63mm. The size relates to the outside diameter of the pipe. All sizes come in coils of 25 metre, 50 metre and 100 metre coils….Blue Mains Water Pipe.

Pipe Size Outside Diameter (mm) Pipe Size Inside Diameter (mm)
20 15.2
25 20.1
32 25.8
50 40.4

Is Alkathene pipe good?

Alkathene (MDPE) pipe is very tough and flexible, and has the advantage of being resistant to fouling. It is not as quick and easy to install complex systems as it is with PVC pipe, but is excellent for long pipe runs which are buried or may be subject to impact.

What size is black Alkathene pipe?

Black Alkathene Pipe Fittings

Pipe Class C ID Class D OD
3/8 inch 12 mm
1/2 inch 15.5 mm 21.5 mm
3/4 inch 19.5 mm 26.9 mm
1 inch 24.5 mm 33.7 mm

What is the old black water pipe called?

Black polyethylene, or PE, pipe comes in very long rolls and is used in many areas for the water main between the meter and the house and for sprinkler systems. Just like any other type of pipe, poly pipe does not last forever and can develop leaks with time and with the help of tree roots.

Is black plastic pipe safe for drinking water?

So the short answer is: no, plastic pipes aren’t harmful for drinking water. In fact, they may be the best type of piping to have if you need to make upgrades to your home’s plumbing system.

Can you glue white PVC to black PVC?

If you’re plumbing in a new drain or vent and have to join two different kinds of plastic pipe, black ABS and white PVC, don’t assume that you can simply glue them together. Most plumbing codes don’t allow ABS pipe to be solvent-welded (glued) to PVC. Check with your local plumbing inspector.

How deep should drain pipe be?

Maintaining a depth of 12 to 18 inches is best for drain pipes, but the depth of the pipe may vary in order to maintain a downward slope, which is critical for proper drain functioning.

Which pipes are best for drinking water?

CPVC is the proven house piping material of choice to transport potable water for over 60 years. It is also certified by all the above mentioned bodies.

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