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Pipe parley: Developers, city discuss use of PVC pipe

April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Cost and quality have been the topic of discussion for Columbia City officials at several Board of Works meetings this year.

Currently, nearly all of Columbia City’s water pipes are ductal iron.

Per the city’s ordinance, new housing additions are required to have ductal iron pipes installed, and some developers are trying to get that changed so PVC pipe can be used as well.

“From our standpoint, using PVC would be a considerable cost savings,” said Don Langeloh, a local developer.

However, city officials are hesitant to make the switch without through research.

“We have combed through a lot of information,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said at a recent Board of Works meeting.

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