Work begins on laying new town water pipes

Prior to digging up the town’s streets to install new water pipes, Killard Infrastructure staff have been carrying out non destructive digging to ascertain exactly where the
Telstra, water and sewer services are. Pictured are some of the crew (Liam Shepherd, Rodney Williams and Ray Heath) working at the Marshall Street/Bourke Street
intersection yesterday morning.

Further steps to providing better quality town drinking water have begun with network utilities specialist, Killard Infrastructure, to begin digging up the town’s old water pipes this week.

The large multifunctional company is experienced in the field of network utilities and completed a similar project for Goulburn Mulwaree Council in 2018 replacing 1.2km of their drinking water pipeline.

Cobar Shire Council announced last month that Killard Infrastructure had won the $3.9million reticulation tender for water main renewal which came in response to the deteriorating condition of the existing town water pipeline.

Approximately 5.7km of the town pipeline consists of cast iron pipes which repeatedly experience a build up of deposits that results in discoloured water for some residents from time to time.

Some of the pipeline also experiences regular blockages.

Council’s water and sewer manager Victor Papierniak said the upgrade to the town pipeline will also focus on improvements to bring the network into line to supply the necessary service level to provide flows for firefighting purposes.

Killard staff commenced preliminary work on the project two weeks ago.

Site engineer Liam Shepherd they began non destructive digging to ascertain exactly where the Telstra, water and sewer services are located prior to digging deeper to lay the new pipes.

Mr Shepherd said the first lot of pipes will be laid in Fourteenth Street today.

Mr Papierniak said the majority of works will start on the north side of town and move through to the north-east section.

“The southern side of town is only expected to require minor replacement sections,” Mr Papierniak said.

“The project will require some road works, excavation, water cut-offs and rectification works in several streets throughout town.”

Mr Shepherd said the project is expected to run six to seven months and is estimated to be completed by October.