SA Water will commence the replacement of a 421m section of water main under Boyle Street in Prospect, starting on 3 June for five weeks. The works are part of an ongoing program that will see $137 million invested to replace around 375,000m of water mains across South Australia by 2020, and will reduce the impact of water main breaks on local customers and commuters.

SA Water’s General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery, Mark Gobbie, said the section of pipe on Boyle Street was prioritised for replacement after recent breaks and leaks.

“We can’t completely stop breaks and leaks from happening, because they’re often triggered by weather or soil movements, but we’re fully committed to reducing their incidence and impact on our customers,” Mr Gobbie said.

“The new pipes will be made of PVC, which is flexible and more resistant to the movement caused by the area’s reactive clay soils compared to the existing, rigid cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.”

Both PVC and non-PVC water mains have an expected lifespan of 100 years. More than half of SA Water’s 27,000km network of pipes are under 50 years old, which is relatively young by urban water industry standards.

Work to install the new water main will typically occur during the day between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday.

“Please be alert to changed traffic conditions on Churchill Road, which will be in place for the safety of road users, pedestrians and our workers,” Mr Gobbie said.

“We’ve been working closely with local businesses and schools ahead of the replacement works starting, to minimise any construction impacts.

“We’ll also be giving residents advance notice of the temporary water supply outage required when we cut over the old and new pipes and have timed this for Sunday 3 June, so it doesn’t affect Prospect Primary School.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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