New technology solves old problem

Article image - New technology solves old problem An Interflow employee operates the giant poly pipe welder in readiness for its installation.

In preparation for the delivery of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council’s $2 million water main replacement program, the New South Wales council is trialling new water busting technology.

The technology is expected to minimise disruption to traffic flow and inconvenience to local residents around the work sites.

Council has engaged Interflow Pty Ltd to conduct the pipe bursting technology to rehabilitate the water mains in Parker Lane.

Pipe bursting is an eco-friendly, trenchless method of replacing buried pipelines (such as sewer, water, or natural gas pipes) without the need for a traditional construction trench.

The process can save contractors and pipeline owners a considerable amount of time and money when it comes to replacing water, gas, sewerage pipelines to residential and industrial areas.

Council will replace one block of water main pipe a new 150mm poly pipe in Parker Lane using this technique. There will be less movement of heavy machinery, road closures and disruption to traffic movements.

Council has approximately 20km of old cast iron pipes in its reticulation system, which is the root cause of the dirty water problem.

Over the next two years Council will be investing a further $2 million of monies from the Stronger Communities Fund to expedite the mains replacement required.

Council conducts water mains flushing to clean the water mains of any dirt, debris, iron and manganese build-ups and dirty water.

By flushing the dirty water out of the mains, Council is taking proactive management steps to deliver clean water out of the taps in residents' homes.