Cement-Mortar Lining

AMERICAN pioneered a major improvement in the water transmission and distribution world in 1923 when the company developed cement-mortar lining for its iron pipe. Cement lining, coupled with the larger inside diameter of AMERICAN pipe (compared with comparably sized competing materials), facilitates the smooth flow of larger volumes of water, and prevents tuberculation, which is the buildup of minerals on the pipe wall that can clog a line like coronary artery disease can clog a blood vessel.

The resulting full diameter and smooth flow reduces energy costs over the life of the pipeline. That plays a role in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the utility operations that produce electricity that drives the pumps that move the water.

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