A $5.7 million investment in the Chirnside Park Sewerage improvement works in Melbourne’s east will increase the amenity of the area, reduce the number of facilities required and ensure the reliability of sewerage services to the area into the future.

Yarra Valley Water is nearing completion of the sewerage improvement works, with the construction of two new Odour Control Facilities expected to be completed by September 2013.

The project, which involves the installation of two new Sewage Pumping Stations, two Odour Control Facilities, as well as the replacement of several kilometres of sewerage pipes, has been underway since early 2010.

According to Mr Tony Kelly, Managing Director of Yarra Valley Water, the project has upgraded Chirnside Park’s sewerage services.

“By investing in our infrastructure today, we’re ensuring that it remains operational and efficient well into the future,” says Mr Kelly.

“This project will help reduce sewage spills in the area and increase the system’s capacity as well as its efficiency. It also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of rainwater that is unnecessarily carried to the Lilydale Sewage Treatment Plant, as the rainwater no longer enters the sewerage system,” says Mr Kelly.

Where possible, environmentally sensitive trenchless excavation techniques were used during construction to minimize any disruption to the surrounding areas.

Three existing Sewage Pumping Stations in the area were decommissioned during the project as they had reached the end of their operational life span and were in poor condition.
“Additionally, by laying new sewerage pipes, we were able to implement network layout improvements, further increasing the efficiency of the sewerage network,” Says Mr Kelly.
The installation of two Odour Control Facilities will work to manage odours and gases that could be expelled from the network. The facilities use filters to reduce the likelihood of odours and manage gases coming from the sewerage network.

Chris Bland

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