Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Session #8: Municipal Service Tube, with Valves & Fittings -“Who says there’s no choice out there?”


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FREE to members.
Fee for non-members $30+HST.


Prior to the 1970’s lead Service lines were the predominate service line material choice in many municipalities. Then over 50 years ago copper municipal service tube became the preferred material choice for water service lines because copper was considered safer, better, and cheaper. Copper held that position unchallenged for many years, and brass corporation valves and brass curb stops and fittings were developed as a natural connecting system to go along with copper services. However, factors such as the steadily climbing cost of copper as well as corrosion issues becoming apparent as the lines aged set the stage for other service line material options to come into the marketplace.  As PVC water mains and plastic municipal service tube products entered the municipal market, they presented advantages over the existing materials and now arguably comprise the majority of installations. After several plastic pipe resins were evaluated over several years the water industry has gravitated to more widespread use of HDPE products for many applications including municipal service tubes as well as associated service line valves and fitting selections.

At the completion of this one-hour OJT session, participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

              • What materials are available to Municipalities for service line applications?
              • How do various materials compare?
              • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various service materials choices?
              • Alternative materials to brass connection and fitting for connecting plastic to plastic
              • Cost and design implications for various materials options


Gerry Gunn

Our facilitator is Gerry Gunn, P.Eng, manufacturer sales agent for over 27 years. Gerry has over 40 years of service in the Waterworks Industry. Malcolm Gladwell of “The Outliers” in one chapter suggests that to be proficient in a job a person requires 10,000 hours of experience, about 5 years. With over 25 years engineering and managing a brass services company and a further 17 years in an agency covering the same industry segment Gerry is “very experienced!”



These 1-hour virtual sessions are offered every alternate Thursday starting at 2:00 pm.  Sessions are complimentary to all OMWA members and the fee for non-members is $30.00 CAD plus HST per person per session.  

If you have any specific questions regarding this OJT session, please feel free to submit them when you register and we will provide them to the workshop facilitator.   

The OMWA will provide a certificate recognizing participation in these On the Job Training sessions.
Attendance may also qualify as a Continuing Knowledge Activity for the PEO PEAK program

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