Gippsland Water has begun construction on a $1.7million sewer replacement project in Yallourn North (VIC), after the current sewer rising main reached the end of its useful life.

Jaydo Constructions have been contracted to carry out the project, which is expected to be completed in May 2016.

The new sewer will replace the current 50-year-old 11.2km pipeline, which was constructed in 1966 and delivers domestic sewage from the Yallourn North township to the Gippsland Water Factory for treatment.

The old pipeline has experienced a number of main breaks in recent years.

General Manager Customer Service and Communications, Paul Clark, said, “The project, which will be carried out in two stages, will initially replace 2.4km of critical sections along the existing main to ensure reliability of sewage transfer along the pipeline, and to prevent sewer spills to the environment.

“Residents directly affected along the proposed pipeline have been notified of the works, which have commenced along Tanjil East Road to make way for 800m of new pipeline there.”

A further 1.5km of pipeline will be constructed between Derhams Road and the unmade road reserve to replace the existing main which travels through low lying marshland.

“We will take care to minimise any impact on traffic during the works over the coming weeks, and while there may be some minor traffic disruptions, we will continue to keep our customers and the community informed,” Mr Clark said.

“This project is part of a longer term project to ultimately construct a full replacement of the sewer rising main, and it is one example of a number of key investments that Gippsland Water is making to improve water and wastewater services in our region.”

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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