A Wise Choice Made 30 Years Ago
In the early 1980s, decision makers in charge of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion infrastructures had a sense of vision and made a responsible choice for the lasting benefit of the tax payers. A vision that would ensure durable infrastructures for over 30 years. The technical services, in cooperation with the public works department, decided a major shift for products to be used in potable water distribution applications. Since then PVC has become ''The Material of Choice'' made by the City to meet the overall needs, taking into account the existing soil conditions throughout the territory.
''THE MATERIAL OF CHOICE'' made by the City to meet the overall needs, taking into account the existing soil conditions throughout the territory. These conditions do not allow the use of metal products, as those would corrode prematurely. More than 30 years later, the City keeps on growing and improving the quality of its infrastructure. At that time, the City had some 10,000 inhabitants. Following the merger of Vaudreuil and Dorion in 1994, the technical services have oversaw many major projects, including the expansion of the water treatment and filtration plants, substantial modifications to road networks and construction of residential projects, industrial parks and commercial centers. Today, 30 years later, the face of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has undergone considerable changes, relating both to residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
PVC has been massively used in our city since 1981, the date of our technical division establishment for the former City of Vaudreuil and also the date of taking up my duties in the City. At that date, we then decided to use PVC for service piping and potable water and sanitary sewer systems. The main reason for the selection of PVC pipe for service piping and potable water systems is that our subsoil, due to its proven high electrical conductivity, is highly aggressive for lines made of metal, iron, etc… During the 1960s and 1970s,
we built our potable water systems with iron, ductile iron or steel piping and many leaks had to be fixed during the 1980s and 1990s. We therefore implemented a rehabilitation program almost 20 years ago. The use of PVC pipes, together with PVC fittings, allowed us to solve all of these problems and we are more than happy about the results of our decision.