Beginning in mid-August, SA Water will replace around 614 metres of water main under parts of Chrystal, Dowland and Fenchurch Street in Goolwa, as part of a $137 million investment over four years to renew around 375,000 metres of water main across South Australia.
Work will also start this week to install approximately 200 metres of new water main under Burt Avenue in Goolwa North.
SA Water's General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said both sections of pipe have been prioritised for replacement after recent breaks and leaks.
"We can't completely stop breaks and leaks from happening, because they’re often triggered by weather or soil movements, but we're fully committed to reducing their incidence and impact on our customers," Mark said.
"The new pipes are made of PVC, which is flexible and more resistant to movement caused by the area’s reactive soils compared to the existing, rigid cast iron and fibro-cement pipes."
Both the new and existing 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.
The main replacement will take around up to five weeks to complete in Goolwa North and around 10 weeks in Goolwa. Work will typically occur during the day between 7 am and 5.30 pm from Monday to Saturday.
"Please be alert to changed traffic conditions in the area, which will be in place for the safety of road users, our workers and pedestrians," Mark said.
"We’ve been working closely with businesses in the area to minimise construction impacts and maintain access.
"We’ll also give local residents advance notice of temporary water supply outages that will be required when we cut over the old and new pipes."
For more information on when and where water mains are being renewed across the state, as well as details on existing pipes, take a look at the interactive map available at sawater.com.au.
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