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Plastic pipes get water OK

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TWO water authorities have reversed decisions to ban plastic sewer pipes.

Thames Water and Southern Water will now use structured wall plastic sewer pipes and adopt any sewers laid using them provided they pass stringent checks.

The authorities will allow Ultra Fortis pipes, manufactured by Derbyshire-based specialist Uponor, to be used because they can resist water jetting pressu res of up to 4,000 psi.

Thames Water technical consultant Don Ridgers confirmed to Uponor managing director Stuart Godfrey the 'acceptance, in principle, by Thames Water, for the use of the Uponor Ultra Fortis sewer system.'