Improving sewerage services in Adelaide’s north-west


Improving sewerage services in Adelaide’s north-west

SA Water has begun the next stage of works in a $12 million upgrade of the North Le Fevre sewer network, which provides sanitation services to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the seaside area.

A refurbishment of SA Water’s Largs North Wastewater Pump Station is underway, and is happening in parallel with the installation of around 4.5 kilometres of new sewer main which will connect the pump station to its counterpart in Ethelton.

SA Water’s Senior Manager of Customer and Community Engagement Tara Hage said once the upgrade is complete, it will enable up to 106 litres of sewage a second to be sent through the local network of pipes.

“This overall project is focused on ensuring our network can support future growth in the area,” Tara said.

“To do this, we need to make some changes to our infrastructure to increase capacity, so it can continue to provide a reliable sewerage service. These refurbishments will also help to improve odour management and reduce the potential for overflows.

“The existing facilities, while currently fit for purpose, won't be able to meet the expected increase in demand on our sewer network brought on by growing urban developments such as Newport Quays and new industry in the northern parts of the Le Fevre Peninsula.”

The new pipeline – which will follow a route that includes Narkunda Street, Jetty Road, Mead Street, Semaphore Road, Causeway Road, Bower Road and Bartley Terrace – is on track for completion by early next year, with the whole project to be finished by mid-2019.

“We’ll continue to update the local community as work progresses, including property owners along the pipeline route and near our pump station,” Tara said.

“Together with our contractor Fulton Hogan, we’re committed to minimising construction impacts on both residents and commuters, and are working hard to manage any odour, noise or environmental requirements associated with the project.

“The new pipeline is being installed using a construction method known as directional boring. It requires less excavation than open trenching and therefore has less impact on people living in or travelling through the area.

“The majority of work is being carried out during weekdays, however some night and weekend work may be required.”

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