Texas A&M is a huge school. We’re talking 60,000 students strong. The campus is spread out all over College Station, Texas. At any given time, students are coming and going, studying and experimenting. It’s a bustling town amongst itself.
When it comes to water service, the distribution crew defines a job well done by remaining virtually invisible to the students and faculty. They work hard to keep interruptions to a minimum. For decades, they used carbon steel pipe and mechanical fittings for the water system…much like thousands of other schools. But, it was inefficient. Up to 50 gallons of water were being lost every minute of every day. Just leaking back into the ground.
About 10 years ago, they started hunting around for a better solution and landed on polyethylene pipe. They started replacing damaged sections and now the entire system is polyethylene. Most recently, they put high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and ISCO new offering of PlantinumStripe® 1800 PE-RT Pipe manufactured by Performance Pipe in the ground for a new construction project. That takes care of both chilled and heating hot water. Not to mention the various custom fittings.
Texas A&M went from losing nearly 50 gallons of water per minute to just single digits. Those kind of numbers can’t be ignored. Take a look at the full report and see what a difference HDPE and PE-RT can make.