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Goulburn Valley Water will soon replace Shepparton’s largest sewer main, which is currently responsible for transferring almost all of Shepparton’s wastewater, including from large-scale food processors and manufacturers.

The new 3.4km Shepparton Outfall Replacement Rising Main is almost a metre in diameter and runs between a major sewer pump station on Wanganui Road to the Shepparton Wastewater Management Facility on Daldy Road.

Work on the $5.5 million project will begin shortly, with the majority of construction works to be completed by the end of June 2021.

The project will cross two roadways during construction in the coming months; Wanganui Road and Daldy Road. Roads will remain open via one lane throughout crossing works and traffic management will be in place to minimise disruption to motorists in the area.

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director, Dr Steve Capewell, said this was a major project to help plan for the future growth of Shepparton.

“The new rising main will ensure we have the capacity to manage any increased flow levels resulting from increases from future housing developments or industrial growth,” Dr Capewell said.

“The current main has reached the end of its life according to condition assessments and constructing a new main now is critical considering the high volume it transfers on a daily basis.”

Project Engineer, Tyson Coombes, said the new pipeline would be constructed from durable, glass-reinforced plastic pipes, which are designed to have a lifespan of up to 80 years.

“This pipe material is very well suited to large diameter pipelines, and has a high degree of chemical resistance, which is important when dealing with potentially corrosive industrial flows,” Mr Coombes said.

“We’ve also been able to plan a more direct pipeline route which will allow the project works to be completed sooner. 

“GVW has made significant efforts to avoid impacting native vegetation along the new pipeline route, but has planned native vegetation offset credits if some trees along Wanganui Road are required to be removed.

“The project will also use an existing, decommissioned Goulburn-Murray Water channel for construction adjacent to Wanganui Road, and we’ll be filling in the channel with excess material from the construction process.”

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