The $25 million Spencer Street sewer upgrade in Melbourne is now complete, having finished within budget and ahead of schedule.

The two year project has increased the capacity of the 122 year old sewer. The upgraded sewer now has 25 times the capacity of the existing one. The completion of the project happens at a time of unprecedented and rapid population growth along Spencer Street.

Ms Maree Lang, City West Water’s General Manager, Infrastructure & Delivery, has been responsible for leading the delivery of this major project.

“Our thanks to everyone, on and off-site. Especially to the local community and businesses, visitors to the city and the countless commuters who showed great patience and tolerance while works have been underway. It was, without doubt, a massive team effort,” Ms Lang said.

Construction of the additional sewer was a major project. The pipeline is 700m long and buried 11m underground. Crews worked weekends and overnight for just over a year with minimal disruption to commuters.

Greater sewerage capacity along Spencer Street means less reliance on older infrastructure and more confidence that we will be able to meet the growing needs of the area.

The completion of this project is an important milestone in realising City West Water’s ten year capital improvements plan for Melbourne to service the city’s rapid growth. Capacity is now set to meet future demands and population expansion for the next 35 years.

A plaque is being laid underground in the sewer to commemorate the successful completion of the project.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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