Water Main Useful Lives

The useful life of a water main depends on many factors, including material type, construction practices, etc. The useful lives below are indicative only. If you have any useful data about water main useful lives, please help us make the table below more accurate by adding or linking to any information you may have below.

Table

Pipe Material Typical Useful Life
Asbestos Cement (AC) 40 – 65 years
Cast Iron Cement Lined (CICL) 80 – 100 years
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) 50 – 75 years
Ductile Iron Cement Lined (DICL) 80 – 100 years
Mild Steel Cement Lined (MSCL) 80 – 100 years

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Notes

South East Water

The figures below were published here.

  • Asbestos Cement (AC) -> 40 – 60 years
  • Cast Iron Cement Lined (CICL) -> 80 – 100 years
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) -> 50 – 70 years
  • Ductile Iron Cement Lined (DICL) -> 80 – 100 years
  • Mild Steel Cement Lined (MSCL) -> 80 – 100 years

Bundaberg Regional Council

As of July 2011, Bundaberg Regional Council used the following water main useful lives.

  • PVC -> 75 Years
  • Iron -> 80 Years
  • Porous -> 65 Years

External Links & References

  1. Prioritising Water Main Renewals (utilities.masterplumbers.com)
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