Ceduna’s water main gets upgrade

UPGRADE: Work will take place on Ceduna's transfer main, which receives the town's drinking water, over the next three Wednesday nights. Picture: SA Water
UPGRADE: Work will take place on Ceduna's transfer main, which receives the town's drinking water, over the next three Wednesday nights. Picture: SA Water

SA Water will commence upgrades to Ceduna’s drinking water network tonight to improve the reliability of water supply for the region.

The transfer main upgrade work will take place over the next three weeks, starting tonight from 8pm until 8am tomorrow.

Work will continue on Wednesday, June 20 from 8pm to Thursday, June 21 at 6am and finish with a final session on Wednesday, June 27 from 8pm to Thursday, June 28 at 6am.

The work may require a temporary disconnection of the transfer main.

The upgrade work will target the water transfer main which receives Ceduna’s drinking water after it has been piped from either the Uley South Basin bore field on lower Eyre Peninsula, or through the 379 kilometre pipeline from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant in the Riverland.

SA Water’s general manager of asset operations and delivery Mark Gobbie said the work could require the transfer main to be temporarily disconnected over the three Wednesday nights.

“We hope to maintain normal continuous water supply throughout the works by connecting several water tankers into the network, but if water demand is higher than the tankers can cater for, temporary interruptions may be experienced,” he said.

“The upgrade works have been scheduled for overnight periods when most people’s water usage is lowest, to minimise the chance of temporary supply interruptions and inconvenience for our customers.”

Mr Gobbie said there were a number of things people could do in advance to help reduce water demand during this period and be prepared for potential temporary supply interruptions.

“Consider running the dishwasher or washing machine earlier in the day, refrigerating a jug of water for drinking overnight, and filling a bucket with water for any light cleaning,” he said.

“During the nights when construction work is being undertaken, we encourage you to only turn on the tap for essential needs like drinking, brushing your teeth and flushing the toilet.

“We appreciate that any interruption to mains-supplied water is inconvenient and thank our Ceduna customers in advance for their patience, while we complete this important upgrade to improve the security of the town’s water supply.”