Customers in Orroroo, South Australia, will soon have a new supply of drinking water with the installation of a 36km water pipeline now complete.

The project’s remaining works include installing pressure-reducing valves and a flow control valve system, as well as all connections to the network.

The new pipeline will significantly improve the township’s drinking water through the supply of high-quality River Murray water by connecting to the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline network.

Approximately 300 customers in Orroroo currently receive ground water sourced from the Walloway Basin, which although classified as drinkable under Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines, does not meet certain taste qualities due to naturally-occurring salinity.

SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said customers will soon enjoy some of SA’s best tasting drinking water from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant.

“Crews have safely laid all sections of pipe between Peterborough and Orroroo, and we anticipate first water to be flowing through the pipeline to customers by early March following commissioning and disinfection requirements,” Mr Gobbie said.

“This will deliver a significant improvement to the drinking water supply in Orroroo and investing in the local network ensures we can keep providing our customers with world class water services.

“We have partnered with the local community to determine the best way to improve the local drinking water supply, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for the remainder of the project and well into the future.”

Crews have installed the new pipes within road verges following Petersburg Road, RM Williams Way, Bencic Road and Minburra Road. A further 17km of water main has also been replaced between Peterborough and Yongala, with thrust-auger boring taking place under railway crossings at four different sections.

The 358km Morgan to Whyalla pipeline is one of SA Water’s longest pipeline networks, with an annual delivery capacity of approximately 66,000 megalitres of water.

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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