Saline Water

Published: September 6, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Saline Water Mean?

Saline water has an excessive amount of dissolved salts, such as chloride, sodium, calcium, magnesium and sulfate that make it unfit for human consumption and irrigation. Saline water can also create a corrosive environment for pipelines causing damage and reducing the lifespan of a pipeline. Trenchless rehabilitation methods such as pipe bursting, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and sliplining can be used to repair or replace damaged pipes.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Saline Water

Damage by saline water is commonly found in areas close to oceans because of the high amount of dissolved salts in it. Saline water can damage almost anything that it is exposed to it. It's advisable to use pipe material that's resistant to corrosion, like polyvinly chloride (PVC), fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). Copper and galvanized steel pipes are highly susceptible to corrosion by saline water and should be replaced with corrosion resistant piping material. Exposed pipelines should be regularly checked for saltwater corrosion and if any damage is noticed should be immediately rectified before the entire plumbing is affected. Pipe bursting, CIPP and sliplining are long lasting and cost effective methods to renew water pipelines without disrupting the surface.

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