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Saskatoon targeting problematic pipes with summer upgrades

The City of Saskatoon is targeting problematic pipes.

While crews throughout the city are working to repair Saskatoon’s roadways, the city has also invested $10.6 million to upgrade aging sewage and water infrastructure this summer.

Chris Hallam, director of construction and design with the City of Saskatoon explained through the investment, the city hope to prevent another winter of water main breaks, as cold temperatures caused the number of breaks to double last year.

While Hallam didn’t have a total number of breaks for last winter, a release from February of 2014 said at times, the city was getting reports of one to four water main breaks on a daily basis.

“We’re using this money to actively repair water and sewer pipes with a focus being placed on pipes that have had a high-break history in the past,” Hallam said,

In 2014 the city is working to repair more than six kilometres of water mains and eight kilometres of storm and sewage mains.

Using a “trenchless technology,” which will see existing pipes equipped with an inner pipe, known as a “Cured-In-Place-Pipe,” Hallam said the method could prolong a pipe’s lifespan by at least 50 years.

“In the past we had materials like cast-iron that’s a lot more brittle and over time, it corrodes down and it breaks,” he said, noting new inner pipes will be made of PVC and other types of plastics.

Alongside repairing the city’s underground infrastructure, Hallam said the city is making progress on its road rehabilitation and resurfacing program, as crews have completed approximately 65 per cent of scheduled work, resurfacing 119 of a total 178 lane kilometres.

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