SA Water has begun replacing a section of the primary water main which supplies the Mid North town of Balaklava.
190 metres of water main is being replaced adjacent the Watchman Road Bridge, including a section of new pipe being installed under the Wakefield River, to allow SA Water improved access for any maintenance to the existing part of the network.
The upgrade is part of an ongoing program that will see $137 million invested to replace around 375 kilometres of water mains across South Australia between 2016 and 2020.
SA Water's General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said this upgrade will help reduce the impact of water main breaks on customers and the area's commuters.
"Water main incidents are typically triggered by environmental factors like weather and soil movement, so we can't completely stop them from happening, but we're fully committed to reducing their incidence and impact on our customers," Mark said.
Both old and new 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 in Balaklava is typically planned between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and between 7am and 12pm on Saturdays. It’s anticipated to take around five weeks to complete.
"In this instance, there will be no impact to customer’s water supply during construction," Mark said.
"Minor traffic restrictions will only be in place for one or two separate days, for the safety of road users, pedestrians and our workers.
"A section of the Lions Walking Trail will be temporarily closed during part of our works. The trail is scheduled to re-open in late November."
SA Water will continue to update the local community and Wakefield Regional Council as work progresses.
For more information on when and where water mains are being replaced across the state, as well as details on existing pipes, take a look at the interactive map available on the SA Water website.