Spate of water main bursts disrupts supply across Young

Water gushes down Campbell Street, Young following a water main break on June 20. Photo: Facebook

Water gushes down Campbell Street, Young following a water main break on June 20. Photo: Facebook

Hilltops council is reassuring residents they are committed to improving water and sewer infrastructure following a recent spate of water main breaks in Young.

Many residents across town have experienced interruption to their water supply and also discoloured water during the past week.

Council reported main breaks on Marina Street, Campbell Street and Edwards Street on June 18, June 20 and June 22 respectively.

General manager Anthony O'Reilly says he understands the community's frustration.

"Unfortunately there has been a significant number of water disruptions to the Young community recently caused by water main breaks. We understand this is frustrating for the community," council general manager Anthony O'Reilly said.

"I would like to reassure residents that council remain committed to continued improvement to our water and sewer infrastructure. Council has, in the current financial year, borrowed $6.2 million to commence renewal of our sewer and water network in Young and will continue to make improvements in the new financial year.

"We have recently invested some $700,000 into the Back Creek Road water main replacement project that has been completed. Works are expected to commence in coming months on the Young CBD water and sewer main replacement projects, an investment of approximately $6 million," he said.

The Witness has previously reported that the water reticulation system in Young is 70 years old. Mayor Brian Ingram last year said "the large amount of infrastructure backlog" across the Hilltops local government area was the council's "biggest hurdle".

"All of our three former councils had significantly aged water and sewerage infrastructure," he said last year.

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