There's a lot happening in the Mid West.
Massive valve replaced as Geraldton slept
He's big, he's old and he's recently retired.
Meet 'John', the hefty cast-iron water valve that serviced Geraldton for 67 years. His retirement is part of our $800,000 to upgrade Geraldton's critical valve network.
Crews worked overnight on the 13 July to replace the giant valve in the suburb of Utakarra. The night time work was planned to limit the amount of disruption to the local community. Significant excavation and heavy lifting equipment was required to complete the task.
Valves are essential as they allow us to isolate or redirect water while we carry out repairs or undertake upgrades.
To give you an idea of how long John has been servicing Geraldton, when he was installed in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II had recently ascended the throne, Lang Hancock had just discovered iron ore in the Hamersley Range and the British were soon to detonate an atomic bomb off WA's coast.
A lot has changed in 67 years and John’s replacement will allow us to maintain the reliability of Geraldton's water supply for decades to come.