Project to replace century old water mains in Victoria Park
Water Corporation is replacing cast iron water mains in Victoria Park which were first installed in the late 1890s – to put that into perspective, when these pipes were laid workers dug trenches by hand and transported the pipes using horse and cart.
Thankfully in 2017, advancements in technology mean work to replace the 1.15 kilometres of water mains will be completed by mid-November.
Work will be carried out in stages, with each stage expected to take six weeks to complete:
- Stage 1 - Albany Highway, between the Causeway and Geddes Street
- Stage 2 - Albany Highway, between Geddes Street and McMaster Street
- Stage 3 - Albany Highway, McMaster Street and McMillan Street
The westbound lane of Albany Highway will be closed while work is under way, 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 spokesperson 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,” Ms Lugar 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 150 kilometres 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.
Specific information about the project can be found on Water Corporation’s website at www.watercorporation.com.au/pipesforperth
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