Works are now underway to install around 387 metres of new water main in Moonta as part of efforts by SA Water to continually improve services for customers.
The works, which will replace pipes along sections of Caroline Street and Frances Terrace, are part of SA Water’s $137 million investment to replace around 375,000 metres of water mains across the state between 2016 and 2020.
SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said the water main upgrade will install new PVC pipes, which are flexible and more resistant to ground movement than cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.
“New water main pipes traditionally have a lifespan of approximately 100 years, which ensures this main replacement will help us continue providing world class water services to our customers in Moonta well into the future,” Mark said.
“South Australia’s climate and other environmental factors like soil movement can make it tough to prevent leaks and breaks from occurring, but we are committed to proactively working to limit their frequency and potential to impact our customers.
“This is one of many water main replacements SA Water is undertaking this year, and we look forward to continuing our investment in communities right across the state.”
The upgrade is expected to take around five weeks to complete, with works typically occurring between Monday to Thursday from 7am to 5pm.
“Our full program of works continues at pace and a few practical adjustments to help crews implement distancing measures where possible, as investing in infrastructure upgrades like this one ensures the reliability of essential water services for customers and supports our state’s economy,” Mark said.
“For the safety of our people and commuters in the area, we ask residents and road users to please take note of any localised traffic management put in place while the works are completed.
“We will also ensure local residents are notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when we move their connections over from the old to new pipes.”
For more information on where SA Water is renewing water mains across the state, take a look at the interactive map at sawater.com.au.
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