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AWWA Comment Period on AWWA C229-2020, Standard for Fusion-Bonded Polyethylene Coatings for Steel Water Pipe Fittings

AWWA Comment Period on AWWA C229-2020, Standard for Fusion-Bonded Polyethylene Coatings for Steel Water Pipe and Fittings
January 31, 2020

AWWA solicits public comments on all proposed new AWWA Standards, and on all proposed revisions, reaffirmations, or withdrawals of existing AWWA Standards. The referenced standards project is being considered for approval and the publication of this notice begins the 45-day public comment period for AWWA and ANSI. An electronic public review copy of the proposed standard can be obtained for review during the comment period by emailing etssupport@awwa.org. Comments must be submitted in writing to the AWWA contact listed below no later than the last day of the comment period specified herein. Such comments shall be specific to the section(s) of the standard under review and include sufficient detail so as to enable the reader to understand the commenter's position, concerns and suggested alternative language, if appropriate.

AWWA Comment Period closes on;March 16, 2020.

Send comments to:
Liz Ralph
303.347.6177 phone>
303.795.7603 fax

The review copy will be edited for publication and may also be revised as appropriate based on any comments received during the public comment period. Therefore, this copy is not suitable for continued utilization and is intended only for comment purposes.

Final publication of the standard may take several months. When it is available, a notice will be published in the official notice section of Journal - American Water Works Association. The standard becomes an effective AWWA standard on the first day of the month following such publication in Journal - American Water Works Association.

SCOPE
This standard describes the materials and application requirements for factory-applied, fusion-bonded polyethylene (FBPE) coating to the exterior of steel water pipes and fittings. 

MAJOR REVISIONS
Major changes made to the standard in this edition include the following:
1. Sec. 2 References was updated.
2. The definition for applicator was added to Sec. 3 Definitions. 3. Sec. 4.1 Equipment was revised to be consistent with the updated wording in other steel pipe coating and lining standards.
4. Sec. 4.2 Materials and Workmanship was revised to be consistent with the updated wording in other steel pipe coating and lining standards and sections on certification and safety were added.
5. In Sec. 4.4. Surface Preparation, sections were added on surface imperfections, solvent cleaning, additional cleaning methods, air blowoff and protection from moisture and contaminants for consistency with other steel pipe coating and lining standards. The section on visual comparative standards was deleted.
6. A new section was added for welded and non-welded field joints (Sec. 4.8).
7. In Sec. 5.2.2. Prequalification Requirements of Coating System, some of the language and requirements related to testing was modified to be consistent with the other steel pipe coating and lining standards, especially regarding water vapor transmission, water absorption, and cathodic disbondment. In addition, a reference was added to a number of the tests to more accurately specify the acceptable coating test thicknesses.
8. Sec. 6.3 Affidavit of Compliance was revised to include affidavits from both the coating manufacturer and the applicator. Similar language has been added to other AWWA steel pipe coating and lining standards.


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