Water Corporation will start work on Oxford Street and Walcott Street in early May to renew about 3.1 kilometres of original water mains first installed more than 100 years ago.


An innovative relining technology will be used to renew the water mains. Pits will be excavated every few hundred meters and a liner is then ‘pulled’ into the existing main from one pit to the next, forming a new plastic lining in the main.


The pit locations have been selected to minimise disruption to road users, businesses and residents, with traffic maintained in both directions where possible.


The projects form part of the Pipes for Perth Program, which will replace or renew 150 kilometres of original cast iron water mains by the end of 2018. This program will reduce the likelihood of breaks and would provide a reliable water supply to local residents for decades to come.


Water Corporation began engaging with businesses about this work in December 2016, and will continue to work closely with businesses and local residents to minimise disruption over the coming months.


Customers in the area may experience temporary discoloured water at times during the project. Discoloured water generally occurs when system changes are made, which can stir up sediment that has settled in pipes and cause discolouration. This sediment is harmless and the water is safe for use. Any customer who experiences prolonged discoloured water should phone Water Corporation’s 24 hour line on 13 13 75.


Water Corporation thanks the community and road users for their patience while we carry out these essential upgrades.


Oxford Street, Leederville

  • Water main renewal to take place along Oxford Street between Vincent Street and Hobart Street, just north of Scarborough Beach Road.
  • Work expected to begin early May and be completed in July 2017.

Walcott Street, Mt Lawley

  • Water main renewal to take place along Walcott Street between Redfern Street and Longroyd Street. The project will also involve relining a section of main on Redfern Street.
  • Work expected to begin early May and be completed in July 2017. 

Specific information about projects can be found on Water Corporation’s website at www.watercorporation.com.au/pipesforperth

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