This week the International Water Association (IWA) announced a Global Honour Award to Sydney Water for its Critical Water Mains Strategy and Implementation Project. The award will be presented at the 2012 IWA World Water Congress in Busan, Korea in September.
“Sydney Water is proud of its world class strategy in maintaining major water mains,” said Sydney Water Managing Director Kevin Young.
“Our robust program provides a risk-based approach to targeting and preventing failure of major pipes in an economically efficient manner.”
“This shows our commitment to delivering the best services at the lowest price for our customers as we avoid unnecessary maintenance costs by only spending on the pipes that need renewal.”
“We’re spending $54 million this year on critical water mains, and global recognition means our customers are getting one of the world’s best programs,” Mr Young said.
Sydney Water manages a large and complex network of around 21,000 kilometres of water mains. Laid end to end, that’s about the distance from Sydney to Los Angeles and half way back again.
Critical mains make up over 20 per cent of this network and are instrumental in supplying water to large numbers of customers. An unforeseen critical main failure may impact more than 1,000 customers, including hospitals and businesses.
Sydney Water and its engineering consultant, Sinclair Knight Merz, took home the top Planning category award for this project in the Asia Pacific region at last month’s Project Innovation Awards in Singapore.
We urge our customers to report any breaks or leaks on 13 20 90.
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