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Nelson makes big strides on water pipes

The City of Nelson has come a long way in getting on top of its ageing infrastructure.

Chief Financial Officer Colin McClure says annual water rate increases are now around the 3% mark.

That’s a far better financial outlook than when the master plan was put together almost ten years ago.

McClure says excellent work in-house by city crews has helped replace very old galvanized pipe which in turn has cut water leakage in a big way.

McClure says projects such as a secondary and emergency water source may keep water rate increases around 3% but sewer pipe re-lining has helped bring those rate increases in line with inflation.

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