Water is one of the primary requirements of human life and civilisation. Men have built cities by the rivers to solve water transport problems; used animal skin casks, earthenware, wood barrels and various other materials to carry water in the past.
However, the scenario has changed drastically since the 1970s, with the discovery of using mass produced plastics as carriers for water and other fluids. The progress in science and technology has gifted the world with a wide variety of plastic raw materials having different thickness, flexibility and usability.
Today, plastic is the raw material for bottles and big, fat jars of different volume capacities for carrying drinking water and even miles long pipelines, tanks and hand pumps for transporting water in agricultural fields, industrial applications and what not!
Uses of plastic for carrying drinking water:In 1992, the world was introduced to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles and it has been the choice of public ever since. Before them people used either glass, ceramic, earthenware (too fragile or heavy or both) or metal containers (chance of corrosion, rust etc.) for storing and transporting drinkable water. Instead these strong, flexible, non-breakable, economic and most importantly, recyclable plastic containers allowed them to carry around drinking water in apparent safety and comfort due to being lightweight. Besides, these lead-free materials do not affect water quality for human health, which is an essential criterion for drinking water containers.
Uses of plastic in transporting water for agriculture: From ancient ages, demand for clean water has troubled men with agricultural lands far away from rivers and ponds – the natural sources of irrigation water. Using materials like PVC, CPVC and suchlike, manufacturers have provided long and resilient pipelines connecting the waterbodies and farmlands for easy irrigation. Also, people-centric insights have lead renowned manufacturers like Oriplast to produce drip irrigation pipes and direct action hand pumps from corrosion free & mineral resistant materials like plastic and rubber. These are ideal long-lasting solutions for manually pumping out potable ground water in case the waterbodies are quite far from the agricultural plot.
Uses of plastic in transporting water for domestic consumption:To cater to the various needs of domestic households, plastic pipes are being used for transporting potable drinking water, drainage, rainwater harvesting etc. Plastic water tanks are maintenance free and environment-friendly storage solutions to provide people with water protected from the harmful rays of sunlight & oxidation from water.This UV resistance property is not available in poor quality plastics and hence relying on responsible and high-grade manufacturer like Oriplast makes a huge difference in terms of protection against health hazards and pollution.
Uses of plastic in transporting water for industrial applications: Oriplast pipes and fixtures are manufactured with stringent quality control to sustain the heavy duties of industrial applications as well. Be it for carrying coolant inside the factories or for any outdoor supply-line of water, such plastic pipes are fit to endure all weather and remain as strong and capable as ever.
Plastic as raw material can become a source of concern due to its non-bio-degradability. But with proper planning of reuse and recycle, they can also become the greatest economic benefit for all.