Ageing system causes problem

Council staff worked tirelessly through the night to resolve the problem of burst water mains. Ageing infrastructure has been identified as a contributing cause of the problem. Photo by Trent Light Photography.

Ageing infrastructure contributed to the burst of a major water main in Narrandera on Monday afternoon.

The water main burst at the corner of Audley and Midgeon Streets, Narrandera, followed by a burst water main at the East Larmer Streets intersection while staff were repairing the original break.

Residents were faced with either no water or reduced pressure while the repair work was carried out overnight.

Narrandera Shire Council General Manager George Cowan released a media release late yesterday afternoon stating that the town’s water system was installed in 1972 and had over time become aged and in need of replacement.

“Council’s Capital Works budget has allocated $50,000 annually since 2017 to complete hydrant and valve replacements. This will allow for approximately 15-20 valves to be replaced each year over a ten year period,” he said.

The current Capital Works Program also includes a project to isolate the rising main from the reticulation system and alleviate the impact of breaks in both the rising main and reticulation mains.

Mr Cowan said this project was in the investigation stage and work was expected to begin in May this year.

“We would like to thank the Narrandera community for their patience during this pressing issue,” Mr Cowan said. “Staff worked tirelessly through the night to resolve the problem and we have received countless amounts of positive feedback and gratitude for their hard work and dedication,” he said.

It has been a bad week for the Council with a Facebook message on Tuesday stating that the Council phone lines were down and directing people to email, followed by a further Facebook message on Wednesday morning stating that it was still offline and enquiries should be made to a mobile number.

After working with Telstra the problem has since been rectified and communications have returned to normal.

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