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No dig pipe replacement

Residents of Drouin, Warragul, Moe, Newborough and Morwell can all flush their toilets with even more confidence after recent work by Gippsland Water.

“We spend around $1 million a year on this type of project which sees sewer mains relined to improve the structural strength of the pipe, reduce the risk of leakage and generally improve the pipe’s performance,” said General Manager of Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Paul Clark.

The sewer relining is done by pulling through a new internal ‘skin’ within the pipe which is then inflated and heated with steam. Once the lining cools, some final work is done before the main is ‘re-opened’ for business.

“This type of technology not only gives us a first rate result it also means we can improve the performance of sewer mains without having to do excavation of roads, easements and pavements which are a major inconvenience to the community and an added cost to us,” added Mr Clark.

The relining program has been in place for 10 years and has seen mains relined in major towns throughout the region during that period.

Work in 2017 will see mains relined in Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Maffra improving service, protecting the environment and providing reliability for the community for many more years to come.

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