Melbourne Water is rehabilitating a historic sewer in Melbourne’s inner north to reduce the likelihood of sewage spills during wet weather.

Constructed by hand in 1907, the Merri Creek Main Sewer has deteriorated significantly and rehabilitation works are required to protect public health and the local environment.

Works will be carried out from Bell Street, Coburg, to near St Georges Road, Northcote.

Melbourne Water Project Manager, Alesha Printz, said the project will ensure a reliable system for the future and ensure the local community continues to receive safe and consistent sewage services.

Works will include decommissioning and relining of the existing sewer, construction of short lengths of new sewer connections, as well as manhole rehabilitation.

Ms Printz said Melbourne Water would work with the community to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum.

“Road closures, detours and decreased speed limits will be required to safely undertake these essential works,” Ms Printz said.

“We’re mindful of the impacts of our work on the local community and we will work closely with affected residents to reduce these wherever possible.

“We will ensure appropriate signage is in place at all times and will notify residents well in advance of any impacts in their area.”

The early works component for this project north of Bell Street, in the area of Booth Street and De Chene Reserve Coburg, began in April and is scheduled for completion in September 2016.

Decommissioning and relining works will commence mid-May 2016 and are scheduled to be completed in May 2017.

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