Engineering standards

Engineering standards

A suite of Engineering Standard documents (i.e, standards, guidelines and drawings) have been developed to assist in the design, development, maintenance and management of more than $6 billion of infrastructure. As all standards and guidelines are modified and updated, they can be re-numbered.


Technical Standards

Technical Standards define our requirements for the construction and/or modification of SA Water’s assets. Technical Standards form part of contract documentation and are contractually binding.

Technical Guidelines

Guidelines are intended to inform the designer of principles and practices to be applied to the construction and modification of our assets. Guidelines cover the design of particular types of infrastructure (such as pumping stations) as well as systems (such as electrical and computer-based) and are applicable to all infrastructure types. It is intended that technical guidelines form part of the project contract documentation and the principles and practices they specify are contractually binding upon designers and constructors.

Standard Drawings

These define our requirements for the construction and modification to our assets. It is intended that standard drawings form part of the construction contract documentation and are contractually binding.

Typical Drawings

These are intended to inform the designer of our engineering standards which may be one acceptable method, or our preferred method of complying with engineering standards. Typical drawings are generally specific to types of infrastructure. Typical drawings may be used by designers as a base to develop their own designs. They are not to be used as construction documents and must be reviewed and modified, as required, by designers to produce project specific design drawings for construction. We accept no responsibility for contractor designs based on typical drawings or assets constructed to typical drawings.

Dispensation Requests

SA Water has established a Dispensation Procedure (V3.0) for managing requests to depart from SA Water's technical requirements. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the procedure and use the request form to submit applications for consideration.

“Due to a substantial volume of submissions, coupled with impacts of COVID-19 on our supply chain, SA Water is currently experiencing delays up to 10 additional business days in providing responses to dispensations. We will endeavour to provide responses as quickly as possible and appreciate your patience.”

Further Information  -  Engineering  Standards

For information regarding our engineering standards please contact:

Matthew Davis
Manager Engineering Quality and Innovation
250 Victoria Square, ADELAIDE SA 5000
GPO Box 1751, ADELAIDE SA 5001
Phone: (08) 7424 2491

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