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Council has successfully started the rehabilitation of the District’s ageing wastewater pipes. The rehabilitation has begun in Achilles Street where 142 metres of broken pipe have been lined using trenchless technology which enables wastewater pipes to be replaced without the ground having to be
dug up. This technology is commonly used around the world but this is the first time it has been used in Stratford.
Engineering Officer Maria Swan says, “This new relining technology is more time efficient. In this instance it enabled the work to be completed within two days. Using the traditional open cut method this particular piece of work could have taken more than a month to complete. Cost for the actual pipe is similar to traditional methods but the reduction in disruption and reinstatement means the total bill is notably cheaper.”
Director of Assets Sven Hanne says, “We would really like to thank the affected Achilles Street residents for allowing access to their properties where needed. Without their cooperation the work we have carried out
would not have been possible”.
The rehabilitation of Stratford’s wastewater pipes will continue into the future.
Mr Hanne says, “Generally you get 70 – 120 years of use from a pipe and Stratford’s pipes are nearing the end of use. At this stage, Council is looking to complete remedial work on one section of pipe per year. Residents living in the affected areas will be informed in advance of any work to take place.”