New water main on the way for Riverton


New water main on the way for Riverton

Around one kilometre of water main in the centre of Riverton is set to be replaced over the coming months as part of efforts by SA Water to continually improve services for regional customers.

The project, which will install new pipes along the Barrier Highway between Washington Road and the northern end of the Riverton Golf Course, is part of SA Water’s $137 million investment to replace up to 375,000 meters of water mains across the state between 2016 and 2020.

SA Water’s General Manager Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said the replacement will install new PVC pipes known for their flexibility and resistance to movement compared to fibro-cement.

“During these challenging times, it is important we still continue with essential planned works like water main upgrades, to ensure a reliable supply of water for both the short and longer term,” Mark said.

“While it can be tricky to stop 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 customers.

“With the new pipes having an approximate life span of up to 100 years, the project ensures we can keep providing our customers in the Riverton area with world class water services for many years to come.”

The upgrade is expected to take around two months to complete with works typically occurring between Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm.

“For the safety of our people and commuters, we ask residents and road users in the area to please take note of the localised traffic management in place while the works are being completed,” Mark said.

“We will also ensure residents and businesses are notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when we move their connections over from the old to new pipes.

“This is one of many water main replacements SA Water is undertaking in 2020, and we look forward to continuing our investment in communities right across the state.”

For more information on where SA Water is renewing water mains across the state, take a look at the interactive map at





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