This specification covers reinforced concrete pipe designed for specific D-loads and intended to be used for the conveyance of sewage, industrial wastes, and storm water and for the construction of culverts. This specification is the SI companion to Specification C655; therefore, no inch-pound equivalents are presented in this specification. Reinforced concrete pipe that conform to the requirements of C655 are acceptable under this Specification C655M unless prohibited by the Owner. NOTE 1—Experience has shown that the successful performance of this product depends upon the proper selection of the pipe strength, the type of bedding and backfill, the care that the installation conforms to the construction specifications, and provision for adequate inspection at the construction site. This specification does not include requirements for bedding, backfill, the relationship between field load conditions and the strength designation of pipe, or durability under unusual environmental conditions. These requirements should be included in the project specification.