Water Corporation is set to begin work on the replacement of a 3.2km section of an aboveground pipeline in the Shire of Corrigin, which was damaged by salt erosion.
The $1.7million pipeline upgrade will include the construction of an underground pipeline parallel to the existing pipeline, which is located across a salt lake, 13km east of Corrigin.
WA Water Minister, Mia Davies said, “Burying the replacement pipe and using plastic instead of steel will stop future salt erosion, helping to prevent leaks and breaks.”
Ms Davies said the current pipeline supplied water to more than 540 connections in the Shire of Corrigin. Water supplies will be unaffected during the pipe replacement project.
This project is in addition to the Water Corporation’s Farmlands water supply project, launched in mid-2015, which is improving the performance of the water supply system in the Wheatbelt.
“Over the next three years, the Government will invest $32million to significantly improve the farmlands supply scheme,” Ms Davies said.
“More than 64km of pipeline will be replaced and 7,500 pipeline joints will be repaired through a preventative maintenance program known as banding.”
Corrigin is supplied through the Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme, which consists of more than 9,593km of water mains and services more than 37,000 households, farms, mines and other enterprises.
The new pipeline is scheduled for completion at the end of June 2016.