The slow, inevitable fall of iron pipe's monopoly
By RICHARD DOYLE • 11/2/16 12:01 AM
Iron water pipes were installed underground years ago because, at the time, it was one of the only materials that could do the job. But now these pipes are failing at an alarming rate, causing insufferable disruptions to our everyday lives.
Fortunately, innovative materials such as PVC pipe exist today that are more durable and affordable, and can bring our water infrastructure well into the 22nd Century. But in a desperate attempt to protect its monopoly, the iron pipe industry is engaging in a campaign of lies and distortions about our industry.
The fear of losing control over the market has become so real that the iron pipe lobby is now trying to ban PVC pipe from consideration in cities across America, a move that would restrict competition and severely impact taxpayers.