Works in the pipe­line

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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