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Uponor Barrier PLUS

Uponor Barrier PLUS - the first 100% plastic barrier pipe for contaminated soil

Contaminated soil in urban areas creates potential risks for human health. Standard polyethylene pipes are permeable to some chemicals frequently found in contaminated soil. Uponor’s new Barrier PLUS system offers a solution. For the first time, the aluminium layer has been replaced with a non-permeable polymer, resulting in a durable, fully-recyclable piping system.

Soil contamination comes from a variety of sources. Landfill areas can contain any number of toxic chemicals, service station sites are often contaminated by fuels and oils, industrial areas polluted by various hydrocarbons etc. Many of the substances found in contaminated soil permeate standard polyethylene potable water pipes, as does the methane commonly found in marshy but otherwise uncontaminated areas. All can cause water contamination.

Installing piping for potable water safely through contaminated soil is problematic. Standard polyethylene pipes are permeable to many chemicals found at contaminated sites in urban areas. But there are challenges. For instance, Trichloroethylene (TCE) degrades conventional barrier pipes over time.
Barrier PLUS is the first 100% Barrier Pipe solution in the market. A potable water pipe that does the job in contaminated soil, is resistant to degradation from TCE and can be easily and completely recycled, the system will be sold by our organisations in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.