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Water worker – Millsy’s challenge

Gareth Parker

Millsy was challenged to  get his hands wet and see how the Water Corporation goes about business after claiming Perth’s water pipe replacement is taking too long.

Around 80km of 100 year old pipe has already been replaced around the metro area, leaving around 70km still to be done in the near future.

Millsy headed to Cambridge street in Wembley to check out one of the 40 sites the Water Corp and it’s 9 contractors are working on.

What did we learn? It’s a whole lot more complicated than just drilling down, pulling out pipe and replacing it! Many underground services haven’t been well mapped making digging difficult, not to mention juggling work hours around residential and commercial needs. Pipe is welded together and pushed under the road in sections with water tested thoroughly before rejoining the system.

Millsy was shown a picture of the minefield of pipework uncovered under Wellington St. Tram tracks were even found and dug up in the process.

A big thanks to everyone at the Water Corp and on site for having us!

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Gareth Parker
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