WA Water Minister Mia Davies has announced the beginning of a $120 million pressure management program to save water in Western Australia.

Pressure management works by reducing excessive pressure in water pipes and is proven to minimise leaks and breaks and reduce water use.

Ms Davies said the 20-year program would help save more than 10 billion litres of water each year – the equivalent of Patersons Stadium filled to the top of the goalposts 10 times.

Following a successful trial in the suburbs of Rossmoyne, Shelley and Waterford between 2008 and 2010, the first area to be targeted in 2014 will be Beckenham.  Other suburbs will follow across the coming years.

“Beckenham has high water pressure and therefore is well suited to the pressure management program.  Customers in Beckenham experience a higher number of supply interruptions while the Water Corporation repairs on leaks and breaks, which can be a direct result of excessive pressure,” the Minister said.

“Over the next six months, the corporation will undertake further investigations to finalise the specific technical requirements.

“During this time, the corporation will work closely with its customers in Beckenham through a dedicated community consultation team.  This team will liaise with both residential and non-residential customers to assess and work through any potential impact of a reduction in water pressure.”

Investigations and community consultation is expected to take six months, with gradual staged reductions in water pressure starting later this year.

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