New pipeline for Robertstown

SA Water General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie.

SA Water General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie.

With works to get underway in just a few days, residents in Robertstown will see SA Water dig up and replace about 700 metres of pipeline going through town.

Replacement of pipes will happen along a section of Church Street near Commercial Street, the project is part of SA Water's $137 million investment to refurbish around 375,000 meters of water mains across South Australia between 2016 and 2020.

SA Water's General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said the new main will be made of PVC, which is more flexible and resistant to underground movement compared to cast iron and fibro-cement pipes.

"While we can't completely prevent leaks from occurring in our pipes due to certain environmental factors, soil movement and weather conditions, our team is committed to reducing their frequency and impact on customers through main replacements like this," Mark said.

"With the normal lifespan of new pipes reaching up to 100 years, this main replacement ensures our customers in Robertstown can continue to receive world class water services for years to come."

Mark said this was one of a number of main refurbishments SA Water was undertaking across regional and metropolitan South Australia this year.

"...we look forward to continue working with communities across the state to improve water services for our customers."

The pipe replacement is expected to take around five weeks to complete with works typically occurring between Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5pm.

"For the safety of our people and residents in the area, we ask commuters to please take note of any localised traffic management put in place while the works are completed," Mark said.

Residents will be notified of any temporary water supply interruptions that are necessary when their connections are moved from the old to new pipes.

For more information on where SA Water is renewing water mains across the state, take a look at the interactive map at