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Maintenance works for Drouin to start next week

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Maintenance works for Drouin to start next week

The west Gippsland town of Drouin’s water pipes are to receive a spring clean in coming weeks.

Gippsland Water field crews will commence air scouring on more than 120 kilometres of the towns water pipes from Monday September 22 and continue through to December.

General Manager of Operations, Peter Skeels said the work was essential to maintaining water quality through the Drouin system.

“These are the sorts of jobs that the public see us undertaking but don’t necessarily understand how these works ensure what comes out of the tap is the quality of water they expect.”

Air scouring gives the water mains an extra clean through a process that jets the pipe with a high pressure air flow.

“The air dislodges some of the sediment that naturally accumulates over a number of years,” said Peter.

“Customers may notice milky water when they turn the tap on after returning from work. This is quite normal and is the result of a larger amount of oxygen being present in the water after the scouring. Customers should simply let the tap run for a few minutes to flush out their pipes,” advised Mr Skeels.

The air scouring maintenance is part of a $10 million budget for preserving the integrity and operation of Gippsland Water’s assets across the region.

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