Ductile iron pipe has earned the SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification, an independent rating system for the sustainability of a product throughout its life cycle. The certification was announced by the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA). Ductile iron pipe is only the second product in the buried infrastructure industry to earn this certification.
The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability categorized ductile iron pipe with its esteemed Gold rating thanks to the pipe’s rankings in:
- Safe for Public Health & Environment
- Renewable Energy & Energy Reduction
- Bio-based or Recycled Materials
- Facility or Company Requirements
- Reclamation, Sustainable Reuse & End of Life Management
- Innovation in Manufacturing
Ductile iron pipe is made from recycled scrap materials with up to 95 percent recycled content. It also is designed to last up to a century or more, an achievement few other pipe materials can match.
“DIPRA member companies are dedicated to protecting the health and well being of their employees, neighbors and the customers of the utilities that use ductile iron pipe,” says DIPRA President Gregg Horn. “This commitment to environmentally sound practices only adds to the long-recognized value of our product. We are proud to be a leader in the field of sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure.”