The $1.1 million replacement of the Smith Drive Water Main has recently been completed.

The 4.5km long, 80-year-old pipeline accounted for around 16% of the Shire’s total water loss (ie 16% of 785 ML). This equated to water leaking away at a rate of 3.9 litres per second. In monetary terms, it amounted to $1 million of lost water over 10 years (which did not include cost of ongoing maintenance and repairs). Initial indications suggest the project has been very successful, with actual water savings even greater than original estimates.

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