Goulburn Valley Water installing new water main

Shepparton’s Hawdon Street residents are now able to enjoy a more reliable water supply since the completion of the city’s 60-year-old water main replacement project. 

The new water main was constructed between Knight Street and Balaclava Road, stretching over 800m, providing residents along Hawdon Street and those in north Shepparton with better water reliability. 

The project was completed over three phases, minimising the road impacts on locals and motorists, with the final works carried out in April and May. 

The existing 375mm-diameter main has also been refurbished to continue supplying high-volume users. 

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director, Steve Capewell, said that the new main works are designed to improve service reliability well into the future. 

“An important part of our asset renewal program is upgrading older water mains, and in some areas of our pipelines are 60 to 80 years old, so progressively upgrading them means we can ensure a more reliable water service for customers,” Dr Capewell said. 

“The Hawdon St water main was one of the largest and more complex replacements we’ve carried out in recent years, and we’re really pleased it was completed on time and without any major issues, despite some small delays from wet weather.

“Customers supplied by this main had experienced increasing numbers of bursts and leaks, so we reprioritised this project to be delivered this year,”

“We appreciate the patience of customers and motorists using Hawdon St while we completed this upgrade,” Dr Capewell said.

The Hawdon Street water main project included a custom-made pipe material, while the construction also included an innovative slip-lining method so that construction was completed as efficiently as possible. 

Over the past five years, Goulburn Valley Water has spent approximately $11 million to replace ageing water mains, covering more than 15km. Planning is currently underway to prioritise water main replacement projects across the Goulburn Valley Water area for the next five-year period. 

Featured image: Goulburn Valley Water installing new water main. Image credit: Goulburn Valley Water

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