Decreasing impact on landholders and increasing public safety will be the core focus of the Western Area Water Supply Authority’s, Tobacco Gardens pipeline and installation program during in 2016.

The WAWSA announced on the 2nd of June 2015 that Murphy Pipe and Civil had been contracted to build its 160 mile rural water network using its fleet of revolutionary plows and low-impact land access procedures.

The WAWSA Executive Director Jaret Wirtzsaid the Authority was committed to providing a rural water pipeline network for its customers with minimal impact on land owners, and he was confident MPC’s revolutionary plow design and installation methods would deliver positive outcomes for all stakeholders.

Mr Wirtz said Murphy Pipe and Civil (MPC) were successful on converting the pipeline project from PVC to HDPE pipe for the Tobacco Gardens project based on the company’s extensive experience and successful installation of more than 3200 miles of HDPE pipelines globally.

“MPC is a clear leader in this sector, and their solid safety methods are backed by a field- proven land access procedure that the company developed in close consultation with landholders on its previous projects,” Mr Wirtzsaid.

“MPC’s fleet of revolutionary plows and their advanced installation procedures are state-of-the-art and will enable all of WAWSA’s works to be undertaken with minimal impact to our land owners and also the general public,” he said.

MPC President David Kinsella said his company had carried out extensive research and development to improve pipeline plowing methods to deliver positive safety and environmental outcomes.

“Our plows don’t require any open trenching, so apart from eliminating the issue of mixing top and subterranean soils, there’s also no chance of livestock or people falling into open trenches during the project,” Mr Kinsella said.        

“We have also redesigned our plows so they can work in far narrower construction corridors, sometimes less than 30feet, so our impact on landholder properties is massively reduced.

“Using just one of our plows can install pipelines up to five times faster than traditional trenching methods with multiple excavators, so we can be in and out of a landholder’s property much quicker and with less on-ground disturbance.

“The unique installation design we have developed also means our crews can install multiple cable and pipelines in one single pass, further reducing our time and impact on landholder properties,” he said.

Mr Kinsella said MPC had worked on cross-country and urban pipeline and cable networks for many years and in that time built solid landholder relationships which were based on mutual respect and the pursuit of reduced impacts wherever possible.

WAWSA Executive Director Jaret Wirtz said MPC would commence work in September and was confident the project would be delivered in line with the Authority’s goal of reduced stakeholder impact.

MPC’s advanced plow design and robust land access procedures will enable crews to install the WAWSA’s pipeline network and reduce impacts on landholders

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