More than 1400 metres of new water main is progressively being rolled out in South Australia’s mid and upper north, as part of SA Water’s four year, $155 million water main management program.
The upgrades on North Terrace in Orroroo, Abbeville Road in Georgetown and Short Street in Quorn are part of around 30,000 metres of pipe being renewed throughout the state’s regions in 2020-21.
SA Water’s General Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Amanda Lewry said PVC pipes are used for the majority of its water main replacement program, which are known for their better flexibility and resistance to movement, compared to fibro-cement.
“While it’s difficult to completely to stop water main 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 our customers,” Amanda said.
“With the new pipes having an approximate life span of up to 100 years, this project ensures we can keep providing our customers in these three regional centres with trusted water services for years to come.
“It’s one of many water main replacements we’re undertaking and is part of our sustained investment to ensure a reliable supply of safe, clean water for our customers.”
Construction began in early March and is expected to take around five weeks to complete in Orroroo and Georgetown, with 590 metres and 685 metres of water main being replaced respectively, with works typically occurring from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm. 150 metres of pipe was also successfully installed last month in Quorn.
“For the safety of our people and the local community, we ask residents and road users in the two areas to please take note of localised traffic management in place while the works are underway,” Amanda 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.”
For more information on where SA Water is renewing water mains around the state, take a look at the interactive map at sawater.com.au.
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