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SA Water will install 640m of new water main pipes in Whyalla as part of its $137 million investment to refurbish up to 375,000m of water mains across South Australia between 2016 and 2020 to provide customers with better water services.

The project will replace pipes along Duncan Street between Meares Street and Lockhart Street, and multiple surrounding laneways.

SA Water General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said with a typical pipe lifespan of around 100 years, the project ensures reliable water supply for Whyalla customers well into the future.

“We can’t completely stop leaks and breaks in pipes due to factors like the weather and moving soils, but we’re working to reduce their frequency and impact on customers through main replacement projects like this one,” Mr Gobbie said.

“The new pipes being installed will also be made of PVC, which is more flexible and resistant to underground movement compared to cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

“This is one of a number of main refurbishments we’re undertaking across regional and metropolitan South Australia this year, and we look forward to continuing working with communities across the state to improve water services for our customers.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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