Western Water has begun construction on a new $3.4 million duplicate sewer pipeline in Bacchus Marsh as a result of increased demand for essential sewer services.

The 2.5km pipeline is being constructed near an existing sewer pipe that was built in the 1960s and is approaching capacity.

Work involves the laying of 375mm pipe from the Avenue of Honour to Lerderderg Street, crossing several farming properties, and 300mm pipe along the rural section of Lerderderg Street to property north of Masons Lane.

Earlier work, which was completed in late 2019, involved construction of a 300mm sewer pipe from Holts Lane, Darley, to property just south of the Western Freeway.

The sewer pipeline is one of several local projects planned for 2020. Western Water will upgrade the sewer pump station at Peelmans Lane Reserve near Grant Street, build a new sewer pipe from Grant Street to the Bacchus Marsh Recycled Water Plant and construct a new water main from Griffith Street to East Maddingley Road.

In 2018/19, Western Water invested over $2 million in the local area, including:

  • relocating underground services at Peelmans Lane Reserve near Grant in preparation for the upgrade of the sewer pump station
  • decommissioning the old Bacchus Marsh Water Filtration Plant on Main Street
  • replacing the water main along White Avenue, Bacchus Marsh
  • installing a new pump station and valve to increase water pressure for properties along Longforest Road near Clematis Court
  • removing the old water tank on Longforest Road, Longforest

Western Water spent $70 million in capital works in 2018/19 and is projected to spend $82 million during the 2019/20 financial year.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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