Cranston Street main upgrade

Beginning next week, SA Water will be upgrading 200 metres of water main along Cranston Street in Port Lincoln.

The works, between Oxford Terrace and the intersection of Goode Avenue and Tobruk Terrace, are part of a $137-million investment by SA Water to replace around 375,000 metres of water main between 2016 and 2020.

SA Water’s asset operations and delivery general manager Mark Gobbie said crews would be installing new PVC pipes, which were known for being more flexible and more resistant to movement compared with cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

“Although we can’t fully stop leaks and breaks from ever occurring, due to certain environmental factors, we are committed to proactively limiting their frequency and any impact it has on our customers,” he said.

“Water mains traditionally have a lifespan of around 100 years.”

Weather permitting, the upgrade is expected to take around five weeks to complete, with works typically taking place from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.

There will be changed traffic conditions in the area while works are being undertaken and SA Water will also notify local residents of any temporary water supply interruptions, which are required when moving connections from the old to new pipes.