New water pumping station

The next stage of works have begun for SA Water’s $12 million upgrade of the North Le Fevre sewer network, providing better services for tens of thousands living in the region.

The upgrade includes a refurbishment of SA Water’s Largs North Wastewater Pump Station, which is underway, and is happening in parallel with the installation of approximately 4.5km of new sewer main, which will connect the pump station to its counterpart in Ethelton.

SA Water’s Senior Manager of Customer and Community Engagement, Tara Hage, said once the upgrade is complete, it will enable up to 106L of sewage per second to be sent through the local network of pipes.

“This overall project is focused on ensuring our network can support future growth in the area,” Ms Hage said.

“To do this, we need to make some changes to our infrastructure to increase capacity, so it can continue to provide a reliable sewerage service. These refurbishments will also help to improve odour management and reduce the potential for overflows.

“The existing facilities, while currently fit for purpose, won’t be able to meet the expected increase in demand on our sewer network brought on by growing urban developments such as Newport Quays, and new industry in the northern parts of the Le Fevre Peninsula.”

The new pipeline — which will follow a route that includes Narkunda Street, Jetty Road, Mead Street, Semaphore Road, Causeway Road, Bower Road and Bartley Terrace —  is on track for completion by early 2019, with the whole project to be finished by mid-2019.

“We’ll continue to update the local community as work progresses, including property owners along the pipeline route and near our pump station,” Ms Hage said.

“The new pipeline is being installed using a construction method known as directional boring. It requires less excavation than open trenching, and therefore has less impact on people living in or travelling through the area.”

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