SA Water will replace more than 500m of water main in Arthurton, as a part of its $137 million investment to refurbish up to 375,000m of water mains across South Australia between 2016 and 2020.

SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said the new main, which will run along Main Street between North Terrace and First Street, will be made of PVC, which is more flexible and resistant to underground movement compared to cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

“With the normal lifespan of new pipes reaching up to 100 years, this main replacement ensures our customers in the Arthurton area can continue to receive world-class water services for years to come,” Mr Gobbie said.

“Soil movement, environmental factors and the weather means we can’t completely prevent leaks from occurring in our pipes, but we are committed to reducing their frequency and impact on customers through main replacements like this.

“This is one of a number of main refurbishments we’re undertaking across regional and metropolitan South Australia this year, and we look forward to continue working with communities across the state to improve water services for our customers.”

The pipe replacement is expected to take around seven weeks to complete.

“We will ensure local residents are notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when their connections are moved over from the old to new pipes,” Mr Gobbie said.

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