I need to run a water supply to a shop building and I was wondering if using
black plastic tubing is OK for that. It seems like that used to be
commonly used with well pumps, in rural areas anyway.
This is semi-temporary so I didn't want to spend the extra $ for copper.
Just looked at HD and didn't see much. I looked at some stuff online and
it was confusing. I think a lot of the tubing I saw is not rated for water
What is the proper type of plastic for this?
Yes, the black plastic pipe is fine for water. Just be sure you get
one rated for water use. Ask at your local plumbing shop and they may
have a remnant roll so you don't have to buy a full roll.
I prefer PVC myself but that is for convenenience and easy
The black tubing sold here abouts at HD is used for drip irrigation systems,
30 psi MAX.
You do not mention if you want potable water or not. Nor do you mention
what size your looking for.
White schedule 40 PVC is pressure rated and works well for most residential
water applications in the ground.
ABS pipe is not pressure rated and is used for drains and sewers.
Then use the black poly pipe that is used for that purpose. It is
common, it is designed for that use and it is rated for that use. You
get it at a plumbing supply store. SQLit is correct about the type of
pipe he is referring to but that is not what is used in water supply
lines. It does take some careful handling when installing so you don't
kink it. You have to 'roll' the roll along the ground feeding the pipe
into the trench. You can't just flop the roll on the ground and pull
pipe as you need it.
You don't have to worry much about handling 1"
black pipe. Sure you have to be careful and sure
it is stiff when cold. Cut the bindings (often
sold in a 3-4' diameter roll and put it in the sun
and it will handle fine--no square corners and no
radius less than 1-2 feet. If it is cold (below
freezing), put it in a tub of hot water to make it
flexible. If you need sharp turns , then cut it
and use the appropriate L's T's, etc. Also stick
the ends in hot water before you insert the fitting.
If the ground is rocky, you might want to protect
the pipe with a bedding of sand. Cheaper pipe is
about 80 psi or less, but I would go with the
thicker wall which is 90 psi or greater (depends
Plumbing supply and big box stores around the city didn't have anything at
all (except soft copper).
Finally tried a Lowes past the outer edge of the burbs and they had all
kinds of it.
160psi rating, and $39/100' (1").
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