Local residents and businesses will soon have a reliable water supply secured with a water main renewal project due to take place in Carlton in mid-2019, finishing in mid-2020.

The M205 Carlton Water Main Renewal Project is the latest major work undertaken by City West Water. Costing $10 million, a new water pipeline will be dug along most of the length of Canning Street.

The current water pipe runs under Nicholson Street and was constructed in 1878. Increased traffic density and future tram stop upgrades on Nicholson necessitate the relocation of the pipeline, which is critical to water supply across Carlton, Carlton North and Melbourne CBD.

Understanding that there will be construction impacts, City West Water is collaborating early with stakeholder groups, including residents and cyclists, to ensure strategies are put in place to minimise impacts. The needs of local residents, customers and the broader community have been prioritised. Changes to road conditions will include temporary road closures, detours, specific signage and reduction of on-street parking. Traffic controllers will be onsite to help road users and pedestrians navigate the area safely.

In a Customer First approach, City West Water put a focus on community engagement during the tender process. This challenged the construction industry to better integrate community engagement plans from the outset of the project.

Maree Lang, City West Water’s General Manager Infrastructure and Delivery, said, “It’s really great to be partnered with Jaydo Construction for the M205 Renewal Project. Tenderers were obliged to consider the scope and impact of community engagement from the very start.

“Jaydo shared City West Water’s vision to put customers first. As we move in to the construction phase mid-2019, there will be a lot of activity to ensure the community are informed and engaged with the works.”

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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