Air scouring water mains across Geelong's north

Barwon Water is about to embark on one of the biggest maintenance programs in its history: the "air scouring" of more than 250 kilometres of underground water pipes.

Water mains across Geelong's northern suburbs will be cleaned in sections over the next 18 months, between February 2013 and June 2014.

Work will begin in Corio, followed by Norlane, North Shore, Bell Post Hill, Bell Park, North Geelong, Rippleside, Drumcondra and Hamlyn Heights.

The program uses air and water under pressure to clean the pipes, and is linked to the covering and lining of storage basins at Lovely Banks. These project will improve water and reduce evaporation.

Air scouring can result in short-term water quality issues. If you notice milky or dirty water while works are underway in your area, we suggest you run a garden tap at the rear of your property until the water runs clear. This water is ideal for garden watering.

Residents and businesses whose water needs to be switched off during the cleaning will be notified by mail before work begins. We will also post updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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