Up to 4,100m of new water mains will soon be installed in South Australia’s Reeves Plains; part of an ongoing $155 million SA Water project for greater drinking water security.
The new pipe, which is being laid beneath Gregor Road – between Day and Boundary Roads – 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 40,000mof water mains going in the ground across regional South Australia during 2022-23.
“We will be upgrading an essential section of pipe at Reeves Plains that transports water to residents, farms 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 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.
“Our new water mains are made from PVC which have a lifespan of up to 100 years, ensuring a secure supply of clean, safe water for customers well into the future.”
Construction is expected to begin at Reeves Plains in mid-November 2022 and be completed in early 2023, with works typically occurring Monday to Saturday between 7am and 6pm.
“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.”
For more information on where SA Water is upgrading water mains around the state, visit the interactive map here.