We’re replacing the old, worn pipes in Perth’s water main network. Some sections of the network are over 100 years old and starting to show wear and tear. This work is essential in order to avoid future bursts and leaks.
Where is this happening?
Use our map to search for works in your area, or by current, completed and upcoming projects. You can also do a quick check of major works on the below map.
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Upcoming works - next six months
Upcoming works - next four weeks
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Why is this work taking place?
Sections of our water main network are ageing – some are over 100 years old! The wear and tear on older pipes can potentially lead to bursts and leaks, which is why it’s important to replace them. Replacing ageing pipes will help ensure the safety and reliability of Perth’s water supply.
When is this happening?
Upcoming projects can be viewed in the map above. In most cases, we will work on weekdays between 7am and 7pm. Much of our work cannot be undertaken after hours as the noise of saw cutting, excavation and compactors at night would not be considered acceptable in high density mixed residential and commercial areas. However, we will undertake less noisy work overnight where possible to ensure we complete our project as quickly as possible.
How will this impact the community?
Our process involves using a combination of open trenches and trenchless technology to renew the water mains. To begin, our contractor will perform an initial review to make sure the plans for the new mains are suitable and excavation can be done safely. This process can take a few days and it may not look like much is happening onsite. Rest assured this part of the process is factored into our schedules.
After that, our work usually involves about a week of excavation, a week of installing new pipes, a week of testing, a week of connecting properties to the new mains and a week of reinstatement.During works, there may be noise and dust around the site from saw cutting, excavation and compactors. We’ll be doing the noisier work weekdays 7am – 7pm and less noisy work after hours where possible to minimise disturbances and get the projects finished as quickly as we can.
For the safety of workers, residents and road users, some roads will be temporarily closed while work is taking place. In these cases, notice will be given beforehand and traffic management will be put in place.
Interruptions to water supply
There may be a short interruption to your water supply when we need to transfer your properties connection over to the new water main. We do our best to ensure scheduled interruptions occur when demand for water is at it's lowest in each area, and will notify you before it happens.