SA Water has begun installing 6km of underground mains and three pump stations in Victor Harbor, as part of a multi-million dollar sewer network upgrade.

Fulton Hogan has been contracted to undertake the early works, and at this stage has engaged six local sub-contractors, with more jobs to come once the overall contract is awarded in coming months.

The underground mains and associated pump stations will connect to the existing network to cater for a growing local population, including new community and residential developments.

The project will address current and future needs of the local community and enable future developments in Victor Harbor and the surrounding area, and is likely to provide around 70 jobs through the initial and major works components of the project.

The Victor Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant has the capacity to treat the anticipated increase in sewage, but sections of the network can run close to or near capacity, which is why the upgrade is occurring.

Victor Harbor’s sewer network services more than 10,000 people, which can double during peak holiday periods.

The recent rezoning of several large areas of the town for urban development will also put further pressure on the existing network.

SA Water and the River Murray Minister Ian Hunter said, “This is an important project for the local community and those who visit beautiful Victor Harbor.

“The community will be updated as the project progresses, including if construction activities are likely to affect residents or businesses.”

Construction for the overall project is expected to take approximately six months to complete.

Jessica Dickers

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