New water main pipe for Beaufort in replacement project

SA Water will install 600m of new water mains in Beaufort to improve water quality for residents and businesses in the area as part of its larger water main renewal project.

The new pipe, which will be laid beneath Wheat Road, is part of 47,000m of water pipelines being buried as part of SA Water’s four-year, $155 million management program.

Amanda Lewry, SA Water’s general manager of sustainable infrastructure, said the new pipe is made of PVC, which is known for having better flexibility and being more resistant to ground movement compared to fiber cement.

“This work is part of an ongoing effort to ensure South Australian communities like here in Beaufort continue to have access to reliable water services,” Ms Lewry said.

“Our water main replacement program is one of the ways we are proactively working to limit the frequency and impact of leaks and ruptures, which are often caused by ground movement and other environmental factors.

“Water pipes have an estimated lifespan of up to 100 years and the installation of this new pipe will help ensure a secure supply of clean, safe drinking water to local customers well into the future.”

The construction time is around five weeks.

“We will also ensure our customers are notified of any temporary water supply disruptions that will be required as we convert their connections from the old to the new pipes,” Ms Lewry said.

“We look forward to continuing to work with our construction partners to deliver investments across the state.”

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