BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) announced that ductile iron pipe earned the SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification, an independent rating system for the sustainability of a product throughout its life cycle. Ductile iron pipe is only the second product in the buried infrastructure industry to earn this certification, DIPRA said.

The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability categorized ductile iron pipe with its Gold rating based on the pipe’s rankings in:
• Safe for Public Health & Environment
• Renewable Energy & Energy Reduction
• Bio-based or Recycled Materials
• Facility or Company Requirements
• Reclamation, Sustainable Reuse & End of Life Management
• Innovation in Manufacturing

Ductile iron pipe made from recycled scrap materials contains as much as 95 percent recycled content.

“DIPRA member companies are dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of its employees, its neighbors and the customers of the utilities that use ductile iron pipe,” said DIPRA President Gregg Horn. “This commitment to environmentally sound practices only adds to the long-recognized value of our product. We are proud to be a leader in the field of sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure.”

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