Connecting into the existing water main at the Botanic Road/Hackney Road intersection, the new 750 mm diameter pipe will help supply drinking water to more than 160,000 SA Water customers.
With preliminary works already complete, construction will continue throughout June and will involve the installation of pipe below the footpath to minimise the impact to road users and reduce reinstatement requirements.
SA Water General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure Amanda Lewry said any leaks or breaks in the main can disrupt water supply for the local community.
“The current section of pipe experienced a significant break several years ago, and while repairs were successfully completed at the time, we took this as an opportunity to assess the pipe’s future reliability, and prioritised it for replacement this year,” she said.
“The new pipes will be installed along a different underground route on Rundle Road and through a section of the Park Lands.
“This enables safer and easier access for maintenance and minimal impact on native vegetation during construction.
“Together with one of our major contract partners, McConnell Dowell/Diona JV, we’re committed to minimising any impacts to the community during construction, such as dust or noise caused by the use of heavy machinery and increased vehicle movement in and out of our worksite and equipment laydown area.”
For more information visit the SA Water website.