Bluff's water finally reliable

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014

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A glass of water - it's something Bluff residents can again take for granted now a multimillion-dollar pipeline is completed.

Problems with the old water pipeline had cut supply to the township on several occasions. Water began flowing from Invercargill to Bluff through the new pipeline this week.

Invercargill City Council water manager Alister Murray said the new pipe would provide Bluff residents with a more reliable water supply.

Work on the pipeline, constructed from polyethylene and costing $6.5 million, began in February last year to replace the 1950s asbestos cement line.

The old pipe was vulnerable to breakdowns, cutting off water to the town, and had failed twice in one day last month, Murray said.

The new pipeline had been welded together to form a continuous "snake", so it would also be better able to move during an earthquake, he said.

Dairy farms and factories along the route not yet connected to the new line would be swapped over by the end of the month, he said.

Infrastructure and services committee chairman Lindsay Thomas said the council had chosen piping with a slightly larger circumference to allow for future industry and development in the town.

Bluff Community Board chairman Raymond Fife said he had not noticed much difference in the water coming from the tap, but it was nice for residents to have a more certain supply.

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