William Street - Pipes for Perth

Project goal:

To renew the ageing water main along William Street from Newcastle Street to Roe Street. To help secure the reliability of water to customers in Perth, Northbridge and the surrounding areas.

Delivery date:

August - October 2019

What's happening?

In August we will start work to renew 425 meters of water main along William Street from Newcastle Street to Roe Street. To complete this complex work, and to help reduce impact, the project has been separated into two stages.

Stage 1: Newcastle Street to James Street.

Stage 2: James Street to Roe Street.

For timings, work hours, detours and project updates, please see the ‘Project updates’ tab.

Why is this taking place?

This work is being undertaken to renew the ageing water mains and reduce the likelihood of bursts, leaks and breaks to help futureproof our water supply for decades to come..

Where is this taking place?

Work will take place along William Street from Newcastle Street to Roe Street in the north bound lanes.

Work will take place in two stages as shown in the map below.

William Street - Pipes for Perth location of works. Stage 1 - Newcastle Street  to James Street. Stage 2 - James Street to Roe Street . Work is expected to be completed in October 2019.

When is this taking place?

Service locating work will commence on Monday 5 August 2019. Construction work is expected to take place from the week of 19 August 2019.

Stage 1: Work will start the week of 19 August 2019 and finish mid-September 2019.

Stage 2: Work will start mid September 2019 and finish around mid-October 2019.

How will this impact the community?

  • Water supply interruption – We will endeavour to schedule any water supply interruptions overnight between 11pm - 5am to reduce the impacts to local businesses. Water supply interruptions are carried out at very end of the project when the new water main is connected up to the existing services and 48 hour notice will be provided. If businesses require water during the interruption hours, we are able to supply a temporary water tanker to their premises.
  • Traffic, detours and congestion – William Street northbound lanes will be closed during construction. Full detours will be in place where necessary. This may result in some congestion in the area so it may take customers longer to get to their destination. Southbound lanes will remain open.
  • Increase in personnel – There will be an increase in workers and personnel in the area during construction.
  • Fencing – Fencing will be erected in the northbound lanes of William Street. This fencing allows our workers to work safely and to ensure the safety of the community. There will be ‘shops are open as usual’ signs on the fencing and we can also produce individual business signs for businesses at no cost.
  • Footpaths – Footpaths will remain open for foot traffic to continue, and there will be gaps in the fencing to allow customers to cross William Street.
  • Noise – There will be an increase in noise due to our construction work.This includes cutting open the road at the beginning and compaction at the end. Loud work will not be carried out overnight to give reprieve for residents in the area.
  • Vibration – There will be some minor vibration when we cut the road open and when we compact the area.
  • Dust – There will be an increase in dust however, we will endeavour to manage dust to the best of our ability. If you have an issue with the amount of dust at a certain time, please contact Civcon.
  • Deliveries – Some carpark bays in the southbound parking lane will be reserved for deliveries. If businesses have large deliveries - or need help with them - they can contact Civcon who can assist.
  • Access – Fencing will be erected for the security of the community and to help with dust suppression however, properties will remain accessible and businesses will be open as usual. We encourage all customers to continue supporting local businesses during this time.
  • Reinstatement – We will reinstate any impacted areas to their previous condition, where practically possible. All reinstatements are undertaken in conjunction and with approval from the local council.

Contact us

  • For general enquires please contact Pipes for Perth Customers Solutions Team via email,, Email: pipesforperth@watercorporation.com.au, Phone: (08) 9420 3529.
  • For enquiries requiring immediate action onsite, i.e property access, trouble with deliveries, concerns over noise or vibration, please call Civcon Project Engineer David Drewett on 0403 162 939.

16 August 2019

Construction schedule

Stage 1

Newcastle Street to James Street – Tuesday 20 August to the week of 16 September 2019

Please note: Fencing will go up between Newcastle Street and Aberdeen Street for the first week, then from Monday 26 August the fencing will extend to James Street. There is a possibility that fencing may come down earlier between Newcastle Street and Aberdeen Street, we will keep you updated regarding this.

Stage 2

James Street to Roe Street - Week of 16 September 2019 to the week of 14 October 2019

Work times

Thanks to successful service locating, we can now start construction work in your preferred 24 hours, 5 days a week work times! This will help us finish the project as quickly as possible.

Work will cease on Fridays from 5pm and begin again on Sundays from 5pm.

Traffic Impacts - Stage 1, week 1

Work will be carried out in the northbound lanes of William Street. Both northbound lanes will be closed. Southbound lanes will remain open.

The intersection of William Street and Aberdeen Street will remain open for the entirety of the project. Civcon believe they are able to drill underneath Aberdeen Street meaning no road closures or fencing is required.

See below detour map for Stage 1, week 1 of construction, with fencing up between Newcastle Street and Aberdeen Street. We will send you the detour map for the week of 26 August 2019, next week.

Stage 1, week 1 detour

Map of work - William Street  August 2019

15 August 2019

Construction update

Civcon will commence construction on Tuesday 20 August at 7am between Newcastle Street and James Street.

Fencing will go up between Newcastle Street and Aberdeen Street first. Then from the 26 August fencing will extend down to James Street.

We expect this work to take up to 4 weeks.

Work will be carried out 24 hours a day, five days a week. Work will stop on Fridays at 5pm and start again on Sundays at 5pm. No construction work will be carried out over the weekend.

Detour maps will be shared on the website and via email before work starts.

Business photographs

As part of our initiatives for William Street, we will have professional photographer, Danica Zuks, visit William Street this Friday 16 August between 6pm and 9pm to take photos of the exterior of all the businesses between Newcastle Street and Aberdeen Street.

Danica will take images of the outside of your shop, please keep an eye out for her if you would like to be at the front of your shop for the photo. Please be aware however that Danica will only have a few minutes for each shop.

These professional photos will then be edited and added to a DropBox folder. The DropBox folder will be shared with you all and you will be able to use the photographs on your website and social media. We will also share the DropBox with the City of Perth for use on their websites and socials.

If you do not wish for photos to be taken of your business, please let us know by emailing PipesforPerthPriority@watercorporation.com.au or calling 9420 3529.

If you would like to check out Danica’s amazing work, visit her website.

4 August 2019

We invite all businesses to attend a free Open House learning session to be held at The Alex Hotel on Tuesday 20 August from 5pm


  • 5.00pm-5.15pm -  Presentation by a Small Business Development Corporation representative.
  • 5.15pm-5.30pm - Presentation by a loss of business assessor explaining the loss of business claims process.
  • 5.30pm-6.00pm – Open session for businesses to speak with attendees.



There will be a loss of business adjuster, marketing and social media advisor, Small Business Development Corporation officer, City of Perth representatives, Civcon and our representatives in attendance.


This is an opportunity for you to learn more about small business management and marketing strategies, the loss of business process, seek general advice, ask questions, raise concerns and discuss the work.


If you are interested in attending this session, please get in touch by emailing pipesforperthpriority@watercorporation.com.au and we will send you some preliminary information.

25 July 2019

Water Corporation and Civcon will commence service locating work on Monday 5 August. This work will involve some minor traffic management as we investigate small sections of the services underground in the footpaths and parking bays. No roads will be closed. This work may be a little noisy and dusty.

Service locating work will commence on Monday 5 August 2019.

Construction work is expected to take place from the week of 12 August 2019.

Work will take around 6 weeks to complete.

19 July 2019

Members of our Project Team will be visiting businesses as below:

  • William Street business between Roe Street and Francis Street – Thursday 25 July from 1pm to 3pm
  • William Street business between Francis Street and Newcastle Street – Friday 26 July from 1pm to 3pm

To set up a telephone or face to face meeting at your convenience, please email pipesforperth@watercorporation.com.au

Competition: Water Perks on Williams

We will soon be running a competition to win amazing prizes such as $1,500 worth of vouchers to shops along William Street of your choosing, one night accommodation at Alex Hotel and much more.

 Please stay tuned to see how you can win!