SA Water has commenced the installation of 400m of a new water main in Mount Barker that will connect a Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre and a new ambulance station to the local network.

The pipe, which is being laid beneath Bald Hills Road, is designed to ensure a continued reliable supply of water to these key community hubs once operational.

SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said the project will accommodate the growing needs of the community by connecting the two sites to drinking water and continue growing South Australia’s water infrastructure.

“A reliable supply of water is central to protecting public health and underpins economic growth, through this project we’re introducing services that support the prosperity of the Mount Barker community,” Ms Lewry said.

“The new water main is made out of PVC, which is known for its better flexibility and resistance to movement, compared to fibro-cement, and traditionally has a lifespan of approximately 100 years.”

The works on Bald Hills Road will typically occur from Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4pm and are expected to take around two weeks to complete.

“Together with our contractors, we’re committed to minimising any impacts to the community during construction, such as dust or noise caused by the use of heavy machinery and increased vehicle movement in and out of our worksite,” Ms Lewry said.

“For everyone’s safety, we ask residents and people travelling through the area to be aware of changed traffic conditions while works are underway.

“There will also be reduced access to the Laratinga Wetlands car park for several days during the works, with signage in place at the site.”

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