SA Water to Begin 34 km Renewal Project

Feb 28, 2022

SA Water is setting up for the major renewal of 34km of pipeline from Morgan to Whyalla, in South Australia.

Renewal of the Morgan to Whyalla Pipeline includes sections in Burra, Lindley and Winninowie, and is set to commence in the next few months as part of the utility’s $62 million investment in regional water infrastructure. The pipeline has serviced the community with drinking water from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant in Riverland for early 80 years. SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure Amanda Lewry said new sections of pipeline will be constructed in parallel to the existing infrastructure, to minimise interruption to customers’ water supply.

“Our Morgan to Whyalla Pipeline provides safe, clean water to customers throughout regional South Australia and many large businesses depend on a reliable supply to enable their processes, and by duplicating sections of the pipeline, we’re able to keep the water flowing during this important project,” Lewry said. “The new sections will be constructed using mild steel cement-lined pipe and feature a modern, specialised external coating to ensure the pipe’s durability.

“We’re prioritising sections of the pipeline for renewal based on condition assessments and performance, with the long-term program helping secure regional SA’s water supply into the future and preparing the network for ongoing residential and business growth.”

The initial stage of the renewal is part of SA Water’s four-year, $1.6 billion capital program which will deliver a diverse portfolio of projects to sustain and enhance its water network while improving services for customers. SA Water is looking for local contractors who are interested in assisting with the project. “An important part of delivering the pipeline renewal will be working with our lead contractors, the McConnell Dowell/Diona team, to connect with local contractors in Morgan ahead of work commencing,” said Lewry. “Keeping it local, where possible, can lead to a positive economic and social impact for the community we’re working within, while enabling us to tap into their expertise and knowledge for the benefit of our wider project.”

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