$3.3m to replace asbestos pipeline

A 9.1 kilometre cement trunk line at the centre of an asbestos scare in Temuka will be replaced by Easter at a cost of $3.3 million, the Timaru District Council has decided.

Mayor Damon Odey suggested during an extraordinary council meeting on Friday the replacement of the pipeline could be a blueprint for other councils, which would soon have to face the question of what to do with their asbestos pipes. He said he would recommend Local Government New Zealand used Temuka as a case study.

‘‘Drinking water standards and suitability is a major topic,’’ Odey said.

‘‘We need to provide some of our findings to the whole water sector.’’ Read full article