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May/June 2008

HDPE Water Quality Units to Be Addressed by Subcommittee

Subcommittee F17.26 on Olefin Based Pipe, part of ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, welcomes participation in a comprehensive program to provide the engineering and specifying community with the appropriate tools to design, specify and size high density polyethylene water quality units.

Water quality units are used to remove sediments and some suspended chemicals from storm drainage runoffs. “These upstream treatment facilities are increasingly becoming an integral component of the storm drainage system,” says John Kurdziel, director of technical services, Advanced Drainage Systems, and F17 member.

“No manufacturing or structural design standard exists for water quality units composed of corrugated HDPE pipe sections,” says Kurdziel. Part of the subcommittee’s current program is the development of a proposed new standard, WK18469, Specification for Corrugated High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Water Quality Units. Kurdziel says that the proposed new standard could be used by the many municipalities that already require pretreatment of runoff.


Technical Information: John Kurdziel, Advanced Drainage Systems, Hilliard, Ohio

Phone: 614/658-0211

ASTM Staff: Robert Morgan

Phone: 610/832-9732