Pirie pipes ready for a refresh


Pirie pipes ready for a refresh

SA Water is preparing to install more than 530 metres of new water mains in Port Pirie West over the coming weeks as part of efforts to continually improve water services for local customers.

The works, which will replace sections of pipes along Edwards Street and Goode Road, are part of SA Water’s $137 million investment to refresh around 375,000 meters of water mains across the state between 2016 and 2020.  

SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said the replacement will install new PVC pipes, which are flexible and more resistant to movement than cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

“Although weather, soil movement and other environmental factors make it tough to prevent leaks and breaks from occurring in water mains, we are committed to a proactive approach in limiting their frequency and any impact on our customers,” Mark said.

“Water mains have an average life span of around 100 years, which ensures refreshing these pipes will allow us to continue providing world class water services to our customers 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 works are expected to take around five weeks to complete, with works typically occurring between Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm.  

“For the purposes of safety, we ask residents and commuters in Port Pirie West to please be aware of the changed traffic conditions in place while the works are being completed,” Mark said.

“We will also notify local residents of any temporary water supply interruptions 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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