Saturday, July 13, 2024

Works flow for ageing WA water mains

Upgrades to ageing water mains in 18 towns across Western Australia’s South-West and Great Southern are underway as part of a $10.5 million project by the State Government to improve water supply reliability.

WA Water Minister, Simone McGurk said the Water Corporation project will help ease pressure on existing water infrastructure and reduce the potential for leaks and bursts.

“We’re investing strongly in regional water networks to ensure WA communities continue to benefit from secure, reliable water supplies well into the future,” said Minister McGurk.

“Through this project, Water Corporation will replace ageing sections of mains that have supplied communities for many years but are coming to the end of their operational life.

“While water leaks cannot be eliminated completely, this proactive investment will help guard against the potential for extended outages and strengthen the wider supply network in these 18 communities.”

Work has been prioritised in Collie, with mains to be replaced along Jones Street, Christie Street and Pitt Street. Refurbishments are also underway in Katanning where some cast iron mains are more than 80 years old.

Upgrades were recently completed in Capel, Cuballing, Harvey, Narrogin, Wagin, and Waroona, with work in Albany, Balingup, Bridgetown, Brookton, Brunswick, Donnybrook, Kirup, Kojonup, Mount Barker and Popanyinning scheduled for 2023-24 and 2024-25.

“The State Government remains committed to regional water security, and through Water Corporation, has allocated $290 million towards country water and wastewater projects in the coming financial year,” said Ms McGurk.

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