Tailem Bend to Keith pipeline valve upgrades

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The Tailem Bend to Keith pipeline is a 138-kilometre aboveground pipeline which was built in 1973. The pipeline transfers large volumes of safe, clean drinking water which is produced at the Tailem Bend Water Treatment plant located on the banks of the Murray River.

At full capacity, the Tailem Bend to Keith Pipeline can move 44 million litres of drinking water to supply around 3,000 homes and businesses across the south-east each day.


The pipeline being constructed circa 1970



What are the upgrades?

Together with our contractors, we are planning a major upgrade of the pipeline with a number of critical valves needing to be replaced and another three new valves installed to continue to deliver water services across the Murray Mallee and South-East.

Each location will have a slightly unique scope of work and timeframe with work being staged, working south to north.


An SA Water field operations staff member with one of our 3.5 tonne valves to be installed.

Here's what the new valves will mean for the towns water supply:

  • Coonalpyn - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 257 properties.
  • Culburra - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 116 properties.
  • Tintinara - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 315 properties.

Where the upgrades will take place

Map of the Tailem to Keith Pipeline and the locations of the valves to be upgraded.

When it's happening

The project is expected to begin September 2023 and be completed by mid-2024, with the majority of valve installations taking place during the cooler months next year when water demand is lower, to minimise the impact of any supply interruptions.

Please refer to our timeline on the right side of this page for an up-to-date schedule.



Keeping you updated

To keep our crews and the community safe, some disruption to local traffic may be required but we will keep you informed in the lead up to this project. We will let you know if any temporary water interruptions will be required to your property.

The Tailem Bend to Keith pipeline is a 138-kilometre aboveground pipeline which was built in 1973. The pipeline transfers large volumes of safe, clean drinking water which is produced at the Tailem Bend Water Treatment plant located on the banks of the Murray River.

At full capacity, the Tailem Bend to Keith Pipeline can move 44 million litres of drinking water to supply around 3,000 homes and businesses across the south-east each day.


The pipeline being constructed circa 1970



What are the upgrades?

Together with our contractors, we are planning a major upgrade of the pipeline with a number of critical valves needing to be replaced and another three new valves installed to continue to deliver water services across the Murray Mallee and South-East.

Each location will have a slightly unique scope of work and timeframe with work being staged, working south to north.


An SA Water field operations staff member with one of our 3.5 tonne valves to be installed.

Here's what the new valves will mean for the towns water supply:

  • Coonalpyn - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 257 properties.
  • Culburra - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 116 properties.
  • Tintinara - reducing customer impacts in the case of an outage by 315 properties.

Where the upgrades will take place

Map of the Tailem to Keith Pipeline and the locations of the valves to be upgraded.

When it's happening

The project is expected to begin September 2023 and be completed by mid-2024, with the majority of valve installations taking place during the cooler months next year when water demand is lower, to minimise the impact of any supply interruptions.

Please refer to our timeline on the right side of this page for an up-to-date schedule.



Keeping you updated

To keep our crews and the community safe, some disruption to local traffic may be required but we will keep you informed in the lead up to this project. We will let you know if any temporary water interruptions will be required to your property.

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Page last updated: 12 Feb 2024, 12:54 PM