Around 480 metres of water main in Loxton North is set to be replaced over the coming weeks as part of efforts by SA Water to continually improve services for customers.
The works, which will install new pipes along Derrick Road (from Bookpurnong Road), are part of SA Water’s $137 million investment to replace around 375,000 meters of water mains across SA between 2016 and 2020.
Eyed off as a priority project, SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said the refurbishment will install new PVC pipes, which are flexible and more resistant to ground movement than cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.
“There are a number of environmental factors like soil movement that 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,” Mark said.
“New water mains traditionally have a lifespan of approximately 100 years, which ensures this main replacement will help us continue to provide world class water services to our customers in Loxton North well into the future.
“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 one month to complete, with works typically occurring between Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm.
“Our crews will be using a directional drilling method of pipe installation under Bookpurnong Road, which allows the new water main to be installed accurately while reducing traffic management impacts for commuters travelling between Loxton and Berri,” 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 on Derrick Road 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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