An Israeli plumbing and drainage firm based in an Upper Galilee kibbutz has
signed contracts in six European countries to install its environmentally
friendly sewage and wastewater pipes, the firm announced this week.
company, Huliot of Kibbutz Sde Nehemia, has begun marketing a type of pipe that
is a first for the European sewage industry – an acoustic insulated pipe made
from a unique plastic compound that does not pollute the environment, according
to the firm. Officially recognized as an environmentally friendly product, the
pipes recently received a green stamp of approval from the Israel Standards
The pipes operate particularly quietly and are meant to
replace lead pipes in the ground that lack insulation, the company
In addition to signing the six contracts in Europe, Huliot is
currently holding discussions with a number of large construction companies in
Israel seeking to purchase the equipment as part green construction projects,
the company said.
Israeli building firms have become increasingly eager
to make use of such products in their projects “in order to get extra coveted
points to be defined as ‘green building,’” explained Ariel Apeloig, vice
president for marketing at Huliot.
The reduced amount of noise of
downward trickling wastewater associated with the new pipes will be particularly
key to building residents, Apeloig stressed.
“We are very familiar with
tenants living in apartments where the sewage pipe goes through the living room
and sometimes even through the bedroom,” Apeloig said. “The tenants suffer
serious distress as a result of this. The acoustic pipes blend with the
environment and reduce the noise completely.”
Huliot expects that these
pipes will quickly gain momentum with developers and building contractors in
Israel, who risk facing lawsuits when apartment owners discover that the
building’s waste pipe passes through their apartment, the company said. Even
more importantly, however, the pipes can help “increase the scope of green
building in Israel,” the firm stressed.
All in all, the Israeli plastic
plumbing industry turns over an estimated NIS 500 million annually, and within
that sum the sewage pipe market is estimated to bring about NIS 130m., according
to the Tel Aviv and Central Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Israeli plumbing and infrastructure market turns over a sum of approximately NIS
3 billion each year, the Chamber of Commerce said.