Renwick watermain replacement works continue

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Renwick watermain replacement works continue

Renwick’s water infrastructure will get a further boost with the continuation of replacement works for the town’s watermain.

The $724,000 contract, awarded to Crafar Crouch Construction, will replace 850m of old watermain along the northern side of State Highway 6 (SH6) between Pak Lims Road and Uxbridge Street, and 150m along the eastern side of Brook Street, north of the highway.

Contractors start on 25 January with the section between Uxbridge Street and Alma Street. As sections are finished, work will progress to the east with completion scheduled for the end of May. This continues an infrastructure upgrade which started in 2019 to replace old pipelines with new PVC pipe.

Councillor Cynthia Brooks, who also happens to be a Renwick resident along the stretch of road, said this would extend the life of the Renwick watermains by 100 years. “It is a replacement of infrastructure which will ensure the integrity of the whole system.”

“Such is the nature of these projects, there will be noise with heavy machinery and trucks but the contractors will do their best to keep this to a minimum,” she said.

Some access to properties off SH6 will be restricted when the pipeline is laid but residents will be advised of this, as well as any short-term water disruptions. The route is designed to avoid existing services as much as possible and the work will typically be kept within the footpath area.