Friday, April 19, 2024

Century-old Fremantle pipes get $13m upgrade

Water Corporation has completed vital upgrades to 100-year-old water mains in parts of East Fremantle, Palmyra and Bicton, ensuring the ongoing reliability of water supply to the area. 

Around three kilometres of new distribution pipeline was laid, allowing the decommissioning of an ageing section of main along Canning Highway. 

“The fact these pipes have supplied water for 100 years is testament to their durability, but the time has come to invest in new infrastructure that will ensure supply reliability long into the future,” said Water Minister, Simone McGurk.

“As well as being home to thousands of people, the area is a busy shopping and commercial precinct, so it’s essential we invest in proactive renewals to support growth and development.

“I know some of this work has been disruptive, so I would like to acknowledge residents, business owners and shoppers for their patience during these essential works.”

A focal point for the project was the intersection of Canning Highway and Petra Street, where Water Corporation worked closely with residents, local businesses and the Town of East Fremantle to minimise impacts. 

The $13 million project will help prevent potential supply interruptions due to leaks and bursts, with some sections of main first laid in 1923. 

“I thank locals for their understanding during these works – it’s wonderful that the project to replace the ageing infrastructure is now complete,” said Bicton MLA, Lisa O’Malley.

“This project will ensure a reliable water supply for the electorate of Bicton for decades to come.”

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