Reprinted from The Taxpayer, Summer 2009, with permission of The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a federally incorporated not-for-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government in Canada. Copyright © 2009
Published December 2009

Introduction | New Funding Mechanisms and Better Management 
Life-cycle Costs and Corrosion | Prohibitive Procurement | Insincere Objections | Conclusion

Insincere Objections

The reasons municipalities exclude larger plastic pipe range from the "need to further study the material", to "unsubstantiated claims about performance." Yet it has been certified in all diameters by every required international, national, state and provincial agency, and is used by thousands of municipalities worldwide. Allowing PVC in all sizes should become a mainstay of municipal tenders as it would increase competition and reduces costs.

Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees with driving down costs and longer lasting products. Consider the case of Philadelphia, one of the few large urban centers in North America that does not allow PVC for residential plumbing. When a motion to change Philadelphia's plumbing code was recently introduced, it was defeated when the local plumbers' union stacked the meeting. Clearly, politics and vested interests play a role in product tendering.

Prohibitive Procurement  Prohibitive Procurement

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