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Water pipe pops

Wednesday, 27th January, 2016

Impromptu fountain: The pipeline erupts between Menindee and Broken Hill. PICTURE: Peter Rawlins Impromptu fountain: The pipeline erupts between Menindee and Broken Hill. PICTURE: Peter Rawlins

Almost half a megalitre of untreated water was lost when a pipe burst between Menindee and Broken Hill on Friday.

Essential Water’s Manager of Water Operations, Guy Chick, said the aging pipeline failed due to wear and tear.

“This section of pipeline is planned for replacement during the winter months when demand is lower,” Mr Chick said.

But he said the water quality also had a part to play.

“As the salinity in the raw water increases, the corrosive component accelerates pipe deterioration.

“Essential Water averages one major failure per pipeline per year.”

A member of the public notified the company of the leak.

“Repair crews were dispatched immediately and the pipeline was isolated, repaired and full pressure restored within 12 hours,” Mr Chick said. 

“Excavation of the site alone took in excess of four hours.”

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