Clay tile pipes are very hard and long-lasting; they continue to be effective as long as they are not blocked by mud or plant roots. The pipes are usually covered with a coarse material such as gravel to allow water to easily enter through the joins between pipes, and to filter out soil. These pipes were being laid in Southland in 1948.
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