SA Water will soon commence the $1.5 million replacement of a water main on the southern side of Grenfell Street in Adelaide’s CBD.

Running from King William Street to Pulteney Street, work on the 560 metre section of main will take up to three months to complete, depending on weather and ground conditions.

Rob Dowling, General Manager Operations & Maintenance, says SA Water has engaged with local businesses, Adelaide City Council and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in relation to the upcoming works.

SA Water has been monitoring the water main over the past six months and fast-tracked its replacement after a burst in June affected Grenfell Street businesses, morning commuters, and traffic in the vicinity.

The works will be completed by South Australian company SEM Utilities. According to Mr Dowling, SA Water’s water main failure rate is currently the lowest it has been since detailed records commenced in the early 1990s.

“Adelaide’s burst rate is at record lows due to a comprehensive, sustainable, asset management strategy for our water mains and throughout 2014-15 SA Water will invest approximately $19.5 million in our state’s water mains,” he says.

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