SA Water Capital Delivery Program, Australia

Aurecon, in a joint venture with KBR, is supporting the management of SA Water's capital delivery program.

With work spread across metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia, the program is delivering a diverse portfolio of projects, including dam upgrades, water tank refurbishments, bulk water transfer infrastructure, water main replacements, sewerage network upgrades and water and wastewater treatment upgrades.

It is one of the largest government contracts for project and program management services in the state.

Together with SA Water, KBR and Aurecon are providing program and project management, procurement support, engineering and construction management services as part of an integrated team, sharing risk and responsibility for the success of projects in a true partnership.

Construction commenced in July 2020 on the $1.6 billion, four-year program to improve services for customers, with the first three projects involving water main upgrades across the Northern Adelaide Plains and upgrades of the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and Myponga Water Treatment Plant:

  • Water main upgrade works in Two Wells will see around 4 500 metres of new water mains laid around Gawler and the Northern Adelaide Plains to overcome water pressure challenges and enable the region’s ongoing growth
  • Upgrade of the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant will improve the quality of treated water that is recycled to green the Adelaide Park Lands
  • Sustainment works of concrete bunds at the Myponga Water Treatment Plant

With our partner KBR, we are bringing the whole of Aurecon to support SA Water in imagining and delivering better water services and outcomes for its customers.

– Kevin Werksman, Water Capability Leader, Aurecon

SA Water is an internationally recognised water utility, a statutory corporation wholly owned by the Government of South Australia. It manages more than 27 000 kilometres of pipeline across Adelaide and South Australia, providing water and wastewater services to almost 1.7 million people across the state.

Delivering value for customers

SA Water’s new approach to planning and managing its capital delivery program will provide significant value for money for its customers over the longer term. The partnership, and this extensive program of works, is being delivered through a collaborative model that brings together SA Water, its major construction partners, and Aurecon and KBR as joint engineering and client organisation partner all collectively delivering for South Australian customers under the SA Water brand.

The model is embracing SA Water’s customer-focused strategic plan and its performance goals, as the utility continues to evolve to a leading customer-centred and commercially responsible business.

Goals include safety performance by focusing on further capability and cultural change and high potential events, better connecting with the local supply chain and with local and Indigenous communities, and ensuring investment in digital innovation and innovative thinking to drive better outcomes for the people of South Australia. This is all while ensuring the needs of customers, residents and the wider community are core business requirements underpinning programs of work, and that short term inconveniences that building and construction sometimes create are minimised by planning and scheduling activity in line with the needs of the community.

Aurecon’s appointment as client organisation partner with KBR follows our work assisting SA Water towards achieving its goal of having a zero cost energy future, neutralising one of its largest operating expenses as part of a program that includes the installation of approximately 242 gigawatt hours of solar photo-voltaic generation and 1633 megawatt hours of battery storage power.

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