Approximately 48,000m of water mains will be upgraded across regional South Australia before the end of June 2017, as part of SA Water’s $50 million project replacing 207,000m of regional water mains over the next four years.
The upgrades build on the 126,000m of water mains replaced over the past three years.
As part of 2017’s regional program, focus areas include Whyalla, Moonta Bay, Crystal Brook and Victor Harbor.
SA Water’s annual water main replacement program aims to reduce the likelihood of interruptions from leaks and bursts by focusing on mains that are most likely to cause disruption to customers.
A total of $137 million is being spent between now and 2020 to improve the water network in metropolitan and regional areas of the state.
SA Water’s Chief Executive, Roch Cheroux, said, “We’re committed to providing our customers with a reliable water service – getting that right is a priority for us.
“It’s important we work hard to minimise the impact of water main leaks and bursts, and investing in our water network helps us achieve this.
“We want to keep up with the expectations of our customers and ensure all South Australians can access the water they need to prosper and serve the community.”
Through separate investments, SA Water is also trialling several smart technologies – such as water main pressure modulation in Kadina and pipe spray lining in Berri – to create efficiencies in how it manages assets.
Queensland Water and the River Murray Minister, Ian Hunter, said, “The state government is committed to providing a reliable water network for South Australians now and into the future.
“We are focused on making smart investments to improve how we manage our infrastructure and deliver the benefits to customers and the community in regional SA.
“We support SA Water in its collaborative approach with other agencies – such as local councils – to ensure a minimal impact on residents and commuters when the main replacement work is carried out.”