Life cycle assessment: Comparing strategic options for the mains infrastructure - Part I

F. J. Dennison, A. Azapagic, R. Clift, J. S. Colbourne

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the preliminary results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study which aims to compare two different potable water pipe materials: ductile iron (DI) and medium density polyethylene (MDPE). Stages where environmental impacts may be reduced in the life cycle of these pipes have been highlighted. A takeback scheme between water companies and pipe suppliers has been identified as an environmental improvement to the current disposal stage of the pipe life cycle. Potential exists for dual-use or reuse of abandoned mains.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)315-319
    Number of pages4
    JournalWater Science and Technology
    Volume39
    Issue number10-11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

    Keywords

    • Life cycle assessment
    • Mains infrastructure
    • Pipe materials
    • Waste disposal

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