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Water pipelines

With many of Australia’s regional areas being prone to drought, pipelines have become crucial to securing water supply to meet future needs and for times of emergency. State governments and councils are constantly working to plan and develop water infrastructure to transport the resource to areas in need, with many initiatives and programs available to providing funding for water pipeline projects.

Pipelines are a preferred option to open channel carrier networks because they provide more efficient water delivery, reduce water loss and are not as susceptible to pollution. Compared with oil and gas transmission pipelines, water pipelines generally have a larger diameter, sometimes in excess of 1 m. Pipe for water pipelines is also usually made from different materials such as mild steel, ductile iron or PVC, and are often coated with cement.

Water pipelines typically connect a reservoir or dam to a water treatment plant, and require pump stations – as opposed to compressor stations – to maintain pressure and transport the water.
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