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Water Corporation has replaced more than 13km of water pipes across the Wheatbelt in Western Australia as part of the State Government’s three year plan to improve water supply to farmlands in the area.

The $32 million project to replace more than 64km of pipeline and repair 7,500 pipeline joins began in December 2015.

Western Australian Water Minister Mia Davies said the Water Corporation project aimed to improve the performance of the farmlands water supply network across the Wheatbelt.

“The program has also had a positive flow-on effect for the local economy, with projects involving local businesses,” Ms Davies said.

“The biggest pipe replacement project to be undertaken to date involved 5.4km of pipe being replaced along McHugh Road and Parker Road near Minnivale.”

Ms Davies said the replacement was a joint venture from Underground Services Australia and AACT, a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and operated company which has operations in the Wheatbelt.

“Another project will soon be completed by a Wheatbelt-based contractor near York, and is expected to finish this week. The contractor will then begin work on pipe replacements within the Shire of Trayning,” Ms Davies said

“Of the 11 contracts to be awarded so far, nine went to Wheatbelt businesses, with the remaining two awarded to the joint venture, Underground Services Australia and AACT.”

Smart water meters will also be installed across the farmlands to help identify leaks on customer properties and the wider supply scheme.

The meters are expected to save up to 250 million litres of water each year.

Ms Davies said there were still opportunities for local businesses to bid for work, with public invitations to tender for pipe replacement and pipeline repair projects to be advertised by the Water Corporation over the next few months.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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