Another burst water main

The Weatherill Government’s repeated assertion there are no problems with South Australia’s ageing water mains system has been undermined by yet another burst pipe leading to traffic restrictions on Hampstead Road.


"In the space of a week Greenhill Road has been turned into a swimming pool, a suburban street has turned into a river and now Hampstead Road has been reduced to a car park by burst pipes," said Shadow Minister for Infrastructure David Pisoni.

"SA Water must immediately release its pipe maintenance expenditure for the last 5 years and detail how it is going to deal with the 23 per cent increase in the number of burst water mains in South Australia in the past year.

"We need to know how much SA Water has spent and how much it is going to spend on the maintenance of our vital pipe infrastructure.

"It is not acceptable for SA Water to oversee a century old crumbling pipe system whilst it delivers record dividends to the Weatherill Government."

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

"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 Mr 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."