Starting next week, SA Water will begin replacing more than 850 metres of water main, under the city bound side of Anzac Highway in Kurralta Park, between Gray Street and South Road.
More than 2000 metres of water pipe have been renewed so far under different sections of Anzac Highway, as part of a staged approach to minimise the impact of the works on road users.
The upgrade is part of an ongoing program that will see $137 million invested to replace around 375,000 metres of water mains across South Australia between 2016 and 2020.
The planned work follows SA Water’s recent water main renewals to other major arterial roads throughout metropolitan Adelaide, including Glynburn, Tapleys Hill and South Road to reduce the impacts of water main breaks on commuters.
SA Water's General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said this section of pipe was prioritised for replacement after recent breaks and leaks.
“We can't completely stop breaks and leaks from happening, because they’re often triggered by weather or soil movements, but we're fully committed to reducing their incidence and impact on our customers,” Mark said.
“The new pipes will be made of PVC, which is flexible and more resistant to the movement caused by the area’s reactive clay soils compared to the existing, rigid cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.”
Both PVC and non-PVC water mains have an expected lifespan of 100 years. More than half of SA Water’s 27,000 kilometre network of pipes are under 50 years old, which is relatively young by urban water industry standards.
Work to install the new water main will typically take place during the day between 7 am and 5 pm from Monday to Saturday and will take around eight weeks to complete.
“Please be alert to changed traffic conditions in the area, which will be in place for the safety of road users, pedestrians and our workers,” Mark said.
“We’ve been working closely with local businesses to minimise any construction impacts.
“We’ll also be providing local residents with advance notice of planned times for temporary water supply outages that will be required when we cut over the old and new pipes.”
For more information on when and where water mains are being renewed across the state, as well as details on existing pipes, take a look at the interactive map available at sawater.com.au.
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