Water Main Replacement for Bair Street

Monday, August 12th, 2019


South Gippsland Water will begin work late August 2019to replace a 575 metre long section of water main that runs along Bair Street, Leongatha. Starting at the corner of Bair and McCartin Streets to the corner of Bair and Young Streets, including a small section along Church Street.

This pipeline is over 100 years old, the oldest section installed in 1908. The existing 150 mm pipeline will be replaced with a 225mm polyethylene pipe.

The project was scheduled for a later date, but with works soon to commence on South Gippsland Shire Councils, Bair Street redevelopment and rejuvenation project, it made sense to get the job done first.  By laying a new, more reliable pipeline deeper in the road reserve, there is less chance of water interruptions whilst the street work is being undertaken. There is a cost benefit too, with an estimated $75,000 saving in surface reinstatement works. The $780,000 project marks a significant investment to provide a reliable water supply for customers in Leongatha.

The works will be undertaken via trenchless construction using horizontal directional drilling. Utilising this method aims to minimise the amount of trench excavations required and reduce disturbance to businesses and their customers. Bair Street roads remain open for traffic and the footpaths will remain open for business throughout the works

Once the new water main is in position, works will commence to install the new service lines and meters for each property. These new water meters are being installed in pits in the footpath along Bair Street. South Gippsland Water is working closely with Council to ensure the new look Bair Street is a success for businesses, residents, and visitors to Leongatha.

During the works the appointed contractor DKM Utility Services will work to minimise disruption to businesses. Property and business owners in the immediate vicinity will be consulted and kept up to date through-out construction, including any planned service disruption or impacts to their properties.

South Gippsland Waters Project Engineer- Nathan Lucas is heading the project. If you would like more information, please phone 1300 851 636.

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