Replacement of Asbestos-cement Watermains
Over 50% of the Town’s watermains, representing approximately 18 kms of pipe, are constructed of asbestos cement. Asbestos cement pipe was a popular pipe material in the 1960s and 1970s and used extensively across North America.
The use of asbestos cement pipe has been well studied and documented with regards to health and is not considered a health risk; however, it is prone to breakage. Due to the high leakage and failure rate the Town is taking a proactive approach to replacing all its asbestos cement watermains in combination with the Town’s pavement renewal program.