Coliban Water has appointed a contractor for the Heathcote Sewer Scheme Project, and is carrying out sewer cleaning and inspections works on the Heathcote sewer network.

The $5 million project to expand the Heathcote sewer network has been awarded to Steve Standen Drainage.

Chief Operating Officer, Neville Pearce, said the project will ensure more of the Heathcote community receive safe and environmentally friendly wastewater services.

“The sewer scheme extension takes in parts of Bennett Street, Redleaf Close and the Argyle area of Heathcote. The City of Greater Bendigo developed a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan which identified the properties to receive sewer services.

“We are currently working with our contractor on a project timeline and expect works to start around July and for the project to take around a year to complete.”

Coliban Water will also carry out sewer cleaning and inspections works in Heathcote as part of its routine maintenance program.

“The sewer cleaning works are a preventive measure to help reduce blockages and improve the reliability of our network,” Mr Pearce said.

“More than two kilometres of sewer main will be cleaned and inspected. The mains are cleaned by pushing a high pressure hose with a cleaning nozzle through the main against the flow.

“After the main has been cleaned the condition of the pipe is assessed using CCTV to identify pipes which may need to be renewed or replaced.

“The works will help prevent potential bursts and impact to services, as well as helping to reduce our maintenance and repair costs.” 

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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