Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hunter Water forced to step up repairs in Salamander Bay

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Port Stephens Examiner – Hunter Water has been forced to carry out a string of repairs to water utilities in parts of Salamander Bay only 20 years after they were installed.

While it says the PVC mains have a 100-year service life Hunter Water has had to respond to numerous complaints from residents in the Worimi Drive and surrounding areas.

“The leaks on Worimi Drive have occurred on the services from the watermain to the resident’s water meter, which does not warrant replacing the watermain,” a Hunter Water spokesman said, of the most recent incident.

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A Closer Look into PVC Pipe Breaks

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A study from the University of Michigan puts the average life of a PVC pipe at just 50 years. Research also says that PVC pipe doesn’t handle stress well. Here are just some of the latest PVC pipe bursts and the impacts on communities that have to deal with the fallout.

A broken main caused “750,000 gallons of sewage into several surrounding canals and overflow ponds” in Brevard County, FL.

A giant sinkhole opened up in one of the endzones on Purdue University’s Ross-Ade Stadium.

A cable truck got stuck in a sinkhole in Orange County, FL. Emergency crews were expected to arrive between 8 am and 5 pm to retrieve the truck.