Featured image: Daylesford Water Supply pipeline installation in progress. Courtesy of Central Highlands Water.  

Central Highlands Water (CHW) has announced that its Daylesford Water Supply Pipeline Project has reached a milestone with the installation of a new pipeline now more than 80 per cent complete. 

The Daylesford Water Supply Project involves an integrated three-part process of firstly installing the 17km water pipeline, followed by additional pump capacity at the current Goldfields Superpipe, Blampied Pump Station and finally, upgrades to the Daylesford Water Treatment Plant.  

More than 14km of the 17km water pipeline has been installed along the pipeline alignment, which includes areas such as Blampied – Kooroocheang Road, the Midland Highway, Hepburn Regional Park and Italian Hill powerline easements, as well as numerous road reserves and landowner easements. 

Central Highlands Water Managing Director, Jeff Haydon, said, “The investment, planning and construction of this significant project is an important step towards meeting our 2040 strategic goals and the expectations of the Daylesford community to provide a secure, reliable and efficient water supply now and into the future. 

“This is a substantial advancement in water infrastructure for Daylesford, providing a sustainable water network to meet the regions water security needs, with an expected life span of 100 years and a design capacity to provide more than 300 extra megalitres per annum of supplementary raw water,” Mr Haydon said. 

Open trench work as well as trenchless technology has been employed to overcome the many geographical challenges of natural waterways, hillsides and varied ground conditions including hard rock, for this significant project to progress. 

The final 3km of pipeline installation is expected to see a reduction of planned major works in the short-term, with major asset connections and Midland Highway works to recommence in August. 

Central Highlands Water has worked with its contractor, S&R Engineering and Construction, to progress the pipeline connection from the Goldfields Superpipe Midlands Pump Station near Blampied to the Daylesford Water Treatment Plant. 

“We acknowledge and appreciate the communities continued support and understanding during the past 18 months, with major works impacting the Midland Highway, as well as public and private landowners,” Mr Hayon said. 

“We will continue to work with the Hepburn Shire Council as well as cultural and environmental stakeholders.” 

Testing and commissioning of each stage will be undertaken following construction. 

For further information regarding the Daylesford Water Supply Project, please visit chw.net.au 

Featured image: Daylesford Water Supply pipeline installation in progress. Courtesy of Central Highlands Water.  

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