ABOUT seven water mains in the City of Bayswater that are up to 100 years old will be replaced by the end of August.
Construction work by the Water Corporation has started along Railway Parade, Whatley Crescent and Fourth Avenue, with mains on Coode Street, Walter Road West, First and Second Avenues to follow.
The project forms part of the Pipes for Perth Program, which will replace 150km of original cast iron water mains by the end of 2018.
The program aims to reduce the likelihood of breaks and provide a reliable water supply to local residents for decades to come.
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said works on water mains happened regularly and the City was supportive of appropriate asset preservation.
“It’s part of keeping our City’s services up-to-date,” he said.
“As is the case with works of this nature there will inevitably be some level of traffic disruption.
“However this needs to be balanced against the benefits of the works, including the reduction in the risk of failure of the mains, which, if this ever occurred would potentially have a much greater impact on traffic and the day to day lives of our residents.”
Water Corporation spokeswoman Clare Lugar said while the water main replacements were generally a once-in-a-lifetime event, work would be carried out in stages to minimise disruption.
“We will continue to work closely with businesses and local residents to minimise disruption over the coming months,” she said.
“We thank the community and road users for their patience while we carry out these essential upgrades.”