SA Water is undertaking the huge task of replacing approximately 375,000m of water mains across South Australia, with work currently underway on 300m of water main along Lindsay Street in Victor Harbor.
The works form part of SA Water’s $137 million investment to replace water mains across the state between 2016 and 2020. The works are being undertaken to reduce breakages and deliver better service to customers.
SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said the works will install new 100mm PVC pipes, which are flexible and more resistant to movement than cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.
“Environmental factors like soil movement and weather conditions can make it tough to stop water main leaks and breaks from taking place, but we are committed to proactively limiting their frequency and any potential impacts on customers,” Mr Gobbie said.
“Water mains traditionally have a lifespan of around 100 years, which ensures the work being done in Victor Harbor will help us to keep providing world class water services to our customers well into the future.
“This is one of many water main replacements SA Water is undertaking this year, and we look forward to continuing our investment in communities right across the state.”
The Lindsay Street upgrade works are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete.
Lauren Butler is the assistant editor for Utility Magazine. She’s based in Melbourne, Australia.