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Almost 4,000 burst water mains in SA last year

South Australian residents endured almost 4,000 burst water mains last year, according to Freedom of Information documents.

 

The number of burst water mains in 2014 was 3,258, which increased to 3,998 in 2015.

In the first 17 days of 2016, there were already 165 burst water mains.

"With 4,000 bursts last year alone it is clear that the Weatherill Labor Government has failed to properly maintain and replace our ageing infrastructure," said Shadow Minister for Infrastructure David Pisoni.

"Since Labor came to power in 2002 the average household water bill has increased by 241 per cent, but South Australia’s water infrastructure continues to deteriorate.

"With increased financial pressure on families, South Australians should at least be able to expect that water infrastructure is maintained.

"A well-maintained system would mean fewer burst water mains which would in turn reduce the inconvenience to residents and save water.

"Under Labor, South Australia’s water infrastructure is neglected and crumbling." Year

Total Bursts

(Metro and Regional)

2014

3258

2015

3998

2016*

165