Works in the pipeline
THE Water Corporation is replacing cast iron water mains in Victoria Park which were first installed in the late 1890s.
The pipes were laid when workers dug trenches by hand and transported the pipes using horse and cart.
Advances in technology mean work to replace the 1.15km of water mains will be completed by mid-November.
The westbound lane of Albany Highway will be closed during the work for the safety of workers, road users and pedestrians.
Detours will be in place for traffic heading towards the Causeway. Access to footpaths will be maintained. Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar said while the water main replacements were generally a once-in-a-lifetime event, work would be carried out in three stages to minimise disruption.
“We will continue to work closely with businesses and local residents to minimise disruption over the coming months,” she said.
“We thank the community and road users for their patience while we carry out these essential upgrades.”
The project forms part of the Pipes for Perth Program, which will replace 150km of original cast iron water mains by the end of 2018.
The program will reduce the likelihood of breaks and provide a reliable water supply to local residents for decades to come.
Work will be carried out in stages, with each stage expected to take six weeks to complete.