SA Water is upgrading 200m of water main in Port Lincoln as part of a $137 million investment to replace 375,000m of water main between 2016 and 2020.

SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said crews will be installing new PVC pipes, which are known for being more flexible and more resistant to movement compared with cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

“Although we can’t fully stop leaks and breaks from ever occurring, due to certain environmental factors, we are committed to proactively limiting their frequency and any impact it has on our customers,” Mr Gobbie said.

“Water mains traditionally have a lifespan of around 100 years, which ensures the upgrade done will allow us to continue providing world class water services to our customers well into the future.

“The work in Port Lincoln is one of many water main replacements SA Water is carrying out this year, and we look forward to continuing our investment in communities right across the state.”

Weather permitting, the upgrade is expected to take around five weeks to complete, with works typically taking place from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.

“For the safety of workers, residents and commuters, we ask everyone to please be aware of changed traffic conditions in the area while works are being undertaken,” Mr Gobbie said.

“We will also notify local residents of any temporary water supply interruptions, which are required 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

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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