Corrugated plastic pipe is ideal for rapid recovery because of its availability and
speed of installation. Since it is lightweight and strong it's both safer and
easier to handle than legacy products. Furthermore adding to the benefit of being
lightweight, corrugated plastic pipe is environmentally friendly, lower in cost to manufacture, as well
as ship. This makes corrugated plastic pipe the best choice for our environment and infrastructure.
What are disruptive events? They are catastrophic occurances such as floods, earth movement, hurricanes,
accidents, fires and extreme weather that can cause severe damage to our infrastructure, including buried
What are stressors? Stressors are every day occurances and factors that wear on our infrastructure such as
abrasions, corrosion, load fluctuations and lack of routine maintenace. Unlike disruptive events, stressors
can be more easily anticipated and addressed with routine maintenance for example. Another way to understand
the difference between stressors and disruptive events would be the ocean tides. We know when they'll happen
and can anticipate and address wear and tear on buried pipe.
Though at times these two buzz words are seemingly used interchangeably, they are not the same.
Sustainability is reducing environmental impact, and corrugated HDPE pipes certainly have the lowest
environmental impacts among competing pipe materials. If a resilient project turned out to do added harm to
the environment, that might exacerbate future disruptive events. It only makes sense to use sustainable
material when constructing resilient infrastructure solutions.