Preparation works are underway for a $4.7 million upgrade to a 120-year-old water main stretching from Rosanna Road, Heidelberg, to Ray Drive, North Balwyn, located in Victoria.

Much of the works north of the Eastern Freeway will occur within the existing pipe track, as well as in the Koonung Creek Reserve, Balwyn North.

Adam Ross, Project Manager, said that the upgrade will ensure the reliability of water supply to customers in the area.

“As part of the project, Yarra Valley Water will be carrying out works to allow the existing main to be isolated, without disrupting supply to customers. Construction to replace almost 2.5km of pipe is due to begin early next year,” said Mr Ross.

“The preparatory work, which will begin this month, involves diverting water supply from one pipeline to another. This will allow us to continue construction over the summer, which is not usually possible due to demand on the water supply being at its peak.”

“With ageing pipes, regular maintenance and replacement is extremely important to reduce the risk of future bursts and leaks. Additionally, 2km of existing pipeline will be decommissioned, helping to reduce ongoing maintenance costs.”

“To avoid traffic disruptions it may be necessary at times to carry out night works, and we will communicate with local residents to let them know when this may be happening.”

“We are committed to reducing disruption to the local community as much as possible. Throughout the works every effort will be taken to reduce the impact on nearby residents. Residents who are directly affected will receive regular updates,” said Mr Ross.

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