As a candidate for San Bruno City Council, I am focused on lowering San Bruno’s water and sewer rates. I have proposed using PVC pipes instead of ductile iron pipes to reduce costs. During the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum in San Bruno Oct. 2, 2013, incumbent Ken Ibarra said PVC pipes were “unsafe.” It is important for the public to know that PVC pipe usage is safe. I spoke at the City Council meeting Oct. 8 and reported the following formation from the Uni-bell PVC Association:
1. PVC pipes meet or exceed all required health and safety standards and regulations governed by the U.S. and Canadian Safe Drinking Water Acts and other international statutes. Its use is monitored by independent agencies like National Sanitaion Foundation International, and government bodies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ensure its safety through mandatory regular testing.
2. Over 40,000 North American water utilities use PVC pipes today, and more than one million miles of PVC pipes are in service. About 78 percent of all new drinking water distribution pipes installed on the continent are PVC pipes.