SA Water has begun installing around 865 metres of new water main along Franklin and Grenfell Street in Kingscote to reduce the impact of leaks and breaks on the local community.
The upgrade, between Drew Street and Telegraph Road, is part of an ongoing program that will see around 30,000 metres of pipe being renewed throughout the state’s regions in 2020-21.
SA Water’s General Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Amanda Lewry said PVC pipes are used for the majority of its water main replacement program, which are known for their better flexibility and resistance to movement, compared to fibro-cement.
“While it’s difficult to completely stop water main leaks and breaks from occurring due to soil movement, weather and a variety of other environmental factors, we are committed to proactively limiting their frequency and any potential impact on our customers,” Amanda said.
“With the new pipes having an approximate lifespan of up to 100 years, this project ensures we can keep providing our customers in Kingscote with trusted water services for years to come.
“It’s one of many water main replacements we’re undertaking as part of our four year state-wide $155 million water main management program, and our sustained investment ensures a reliable supply of safe, clean water for our customers.”
The water main upgrade in Kingscote began in mid-February and is expected to be complete in late April, with works typically occurring from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.
“For the safety of our people and the local community, we ask residents and road users in the area to please take note of localised traffic management in place while the works are underway,” Amanda said.
“We will also ensure residents and businesses are notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when connecting the newly constructed water mains to the existing network.”
For more information on where SA Water is renewing water mains around the state, take a look at the interactive map at sawater.com.au.
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