water mains

TasWater is undertaking water main renewals along Kings Parade in Ulverstone, Tasmania, as part of a statewide upgrade program.

TasWater Project Manager, Gerard Tolson, said the renewals are part of TasWater’s ongoing water security plan for the region.

 “The existing main is made up of old pipes, and with Central Coast Council doing some streetscaping in the area, it provided a great opportunity for TasWater to undertake the renewals,” Mr Tolson said. 

“When we can, we like to undertake jobs simultaneously with council works in a bid to limit any short-term restrictions to roads in a given area.”

Conducting these renews helps reduce the likelihood of the water mains bursting and decreases the chance of any sediment getting into the drinking water, which can occasionally occur as a result of a burst main.

“By undertaking these renewals, water quality should improve as a result and customers will be a lot less likely to have any issues regarding their water,” Mr Tolson said. 

The current Ulverstone works began in November 2019 and, after taking a break around the Christmas and New Year period, started up again in February 2020. The project is expected to be completed by the end of April 2020. 

“In total there are around 500m of pipe work renewals in the area which are currently being conducted by Oliver Kelly Constructions, a local North-West Coast business out of Devonport, who is contracted for the works,” Mr Tolson said. 

Main renewals are consistently occurring across the state, as part of TasWater’s ongoing commitment to provide Tasmanians with safe and reliable drinking water.  

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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