New water mains coming for Windsor Gardens


New water mains coming for Windsor Gardens

SA Water will begin replacing 160 metres of water mains along Sudholz and Longview Roads in Windsor Gardens in early January, to reduce the impact of water main breaks on its customers and the area's commuters.

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 section of pipe was prioritised for replacement after recent breaks and leaks.

“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,” said Mark.

“The new pipes will be made of PVC, which is flexible and more resistant to the movement caused by Adelaide’s highly reactive clay soils than existing, rigid cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

Both the 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.

Installing new water mains along Sudholz and Longview Roads is anticipated to take around three weeks to complete.

The work will typically occur between 7pm and 6am from Monday to Friday, to minimise traffic disruptions to commuters on Sudholz Road.

“In this instance, the new pipe will be laid using traditional trenching techniques with some temporary traffic diversions in place from time to time.

“Please be alert to changed traffic conditions in the area, which will be in place for the safety of road users, pedestrians and our workers.

“Local residents should also keep an eye on their letterbox for advance notice of any temporary water supply outages that will be needed when the old and new pipes are cut over,” said Mark.

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





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