Monarto’s water pipeline has been named after the man who spent 44 years ensuring it was maintained to the highest standard.
Max Paech started maintaining the Monarto Water Network (MWN) Pipeline in 1973, when he was 30 years old.
The pipeline was built by the state government during the Monarto Development Commission era and then taken over by the Department of Recreation and Sport.
The responsibility then fell to the Aboriginal Sobriety Group who are based at Lakalinjeri Tumbetin Waal (the former Frahn’s Farm).
Max was often joined by daughter Alison, who helped with meter reading, identifying leaks, repairs and maintenance.
In 2017, the community began self-managing the water supply to 26 customers, and after 44 years and at 74 years…