SA Water has commenced the installation of a new water main in Port Vincent, which stretches for around 990m and runs under Lime Kiln Road, Kent Road, Alma Street, and Correll Street, as part of a four-year, $155 million water main management program by SA Water.
SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said these works will involve upgrading an essential section of pipe in Port Vincent that transports water to residents and businesses in and around the area, helping to ensure they continue to receive a reliable supply of safe, clean drinking water.
“Replacing water mains, which are nearing the end of their operational life with new pipes made of modern materials minimises the potential for leaks and breaks, which can happen due to a variety of reasons such as the condition of the soil, temperature of the ground and water pressure changes,” Ms Lewry said.
“As regional communities see population growth, demand for services, including water and wastewater, are increasing.”
Ms Lewry said SA Water is planning and preparing for this future growth to ensure that we can continue to provide reliable services to regional customers.
“Our water mains have a lifespan of up to 100 years and the majority of what we install as part of our replacement program, are made of PVC, which is a material known for its better flexibility and resistance to movement, compared to fibro-cement,” Ms Lewry said.
Construction in Port Vincent is expected to take around nine months to complete.
“To safely facilitate this project, we ask road users to please take note of traffic management in place while our crews are on site,” Ms Lewry said.
“Together with our contractors, we’re committed to minimising any impacts to the community during construction, such as dust or noise caused by the use of heavy machinery and increased vehicle movement in and out of our worksite.
“As work progresses, we will also ensure our customers are notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when moving connections over from the old to new pipes.”