Nilgen replacement water main

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Project goal:

To improve the reliability of water supply to customers in Nilgen's Ocean Farm Estate (Stage 1)


Commencing soon

Delivery Date:

March - end of August 2018

What's happening?

Water Corporation will begin work in early March to replace approximately 14 kms of existing buried water main in Nilgen. Stage 1 of the upgrade will  improve the reliability of water supply to customers in within Ocean Farm Estate.

The work will involve constructing new water pipes within the road reserve in the estate and bore pumping main to the existing water tanks at the corner of Ocean Farm Drive and Christmas Tree Drive. It will be completed by digging an open trench using an excavator or trenching machine, laying the new water main and then backfilling the trench.

Community impact

During March 2018, the following activities will take place:

  • Surveyors will continue to work with service locators, who will mark out the pipeline route and pothole the existing underground services in the path of this work. Vegetation clearing will also take place over this period near the tanks.

  • The contractor will set up their main construction base on Water Corporation land near the corner of Ocean Farm Drive and Christmas Tree Rise. This site will store the plant and materials required for the project and portable site offices and buildings.

  • The construction crew will start constructing the replacement pipework from the Water Corporation bore on Ocean Farm Drive to the water supply tanks and then following this, throughout the estate, as described above. We will provide customers with another update at this time before we start construction within the estate.

Local residents in these areas should expect medium-level noise from trucks and plant, excavator or trenching machine digging excavations, with minimal dust and vibration. We also request that road verges be kept clear over this period.

Overall impacts:

When we connect the replacement reticulation main to the scheme, customers will experience a temporary interruption to supply, however we will provide advanced notice of this activity.

Traffic management will be in place and road users will be asked to keep to the reduced speed limit, which will be indicated through signage in these areas.


This work is expected to start in March and be completed by the end of August 2018. Work is expected to take place on Mondays to Saturdays from 7am - 6pm.

Map showing work area in Nilgen

More information

If you have any questions regarding this work, please direct them to Elecia Wheat, Advisor - Community Engagement, Water Corporation via email at or call (08) 9420 3265.

To speak directly to the contractor completing this work, call Paul Dougan, Site Supervisor, DM Civil on mobile 0419 000 461.

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