We have a water main replacement program to replace sections of pipe as they near the end of their service life. The newly installed water mains ensure the reliability and sustainability of water services for the community.
Water main replacement work involves excavation of pits in the road, footpath and nature strip when laying new pipes. Once the pipe has been constructed, crews connect it into the existing network, complete a series of tests and commission the new main. Following construction, we restore disturbed areas as close as possible to their original condition.
Why are there water interruptions?
Planned temporary water outages or 'shuts' are required at certain stages of the project to allow crews to prepare and connect the new pipe to the water network. For work in the CBD, water outages are scheduled outside peak usage times between 9pm and 5am.
Why is the work done at night?
As crews are working on or near the road, this work is generally scheduled after-hours to comply with approved traffic permits, and to minimise the impacts of planned water outages for businesses and the community. Crews will endeavour to complete high noise excavations as early as possible each night, followed by pipe laying and back filling activities (site conditions permitting).
What is a temporary water service?
During construction, some properties could be connected to a temporary water service pipe to maintain supply while the main is being constructed. This is the same quality of drinking water as the normal service; however, you might notice a slight reduction in water pressure. If you have any queries regarding your water service during the project, please refer to the project letter for the contractor's details.