Councillor David Schefe, Portfolio Chair for Utilities said water mains are part of Council's aging infrastructure with much of it reaching the end of its serviceable life at the same time. As water mains get closer to the end of their useful life the frequency of breaks and leaks increases significantly resulting in increased maintenance and service downtime.
"Eventually it reaches a point where it is more economical to simply replace the mains with new ones," Cr Schefe said.
"Council identified five water main sections that had experienced recent breaks and those sections were approved for replacement. Council took the opportunity during these works to increase the size of the new water mains installed, which should improve water pressure to properties in close proximity to the new mains. The upgrades are budgeted at approximately $375,000."
The mains that were replaced in the project include:
- Oxford Street (between Caroline Street and Ann Street)
- Ann Street (between Oxford Street and Cambridge Street)
- Ann Street (between Liverpool Street and Adelaide Street)
- Adelaide Street (between Ann Street and Alice Street)
- Edinburgh Street (between Ann Street and Alice Street).
"I would also like to thank our Water, Sewerage and Gas Team for the excellent work they are doing upgrading and maintaining the water networks for our communities across our region."
Connection to the existing network and the transfer of water connections will be completed this week (weather permitting).
For more information, please contact Council's Water Team on 1300 007 662.