SA Water has begun work to provide greater drinking water security for the Stirling community by installing around 120m of new water main.

The new pipe, which is being laid beneath Dell Street, is part of SA Water’s four-year, $155 million water main management program.

SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said these works are among a proposed 40,000m of water main going in the ground across regional South Australia during 2022-23.

“We will be upgrading a critical section of pipe in Stirling that transports water to residents and businesses in and around the area, helping to ensure we can continue to provide reliable water services,” Ms Lewry said.

“Replacing water pipes which are nearing the end of their operational life with new pipes made of modern materials minimises the potential for leaks or breaks, which can occur due to a variety of reasons such as the condition of the soil, temperature of the ground and water pressure changes.

“Our new water mains have a lifespan of up to 100 years and these new pipes will ensure a secure supply of clean, safe drinking water to local customers well into the future.”

Construction in Stirling is expected to be completed in late February 2023.

“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,” Ms Lewry said.

“To safely facilitate this project, we ask road users to please take note of traffic management in place while our crews are on site.

“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.”

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