​Melbourne Water has awarded a major contract to construct three new stormwater drains that will reduce flooding in Glenroy in Melbourne’s north, Aberfeldie in the north-west and Glen Iris in the south east.

Thiess Black and Veatch Joint Venture have been awarded the contract.

Melbourne Water’s Project Manager, Paul Jackson, says the announcement is an important step towards the delivery of the projects which will ultimately reduce flood levels to homes and businesses, roads and other community facilities.

“Part of our role as the regional drainage and floodplain authority is to implement large scale stormwater drainage improvement projects to reduce flooding,” Mr Jackson said.

“These three projects are a great outcome for the local communities and the hundreds of properties within the flooding catchments.”

Melbourne Water works alongside local councils who are responsible for the smaller drainage infrastructure which connects to Melbourne Water’s regional drainage system.

“We would like to thank Stonnington City Council, Moreland City Council and Moonee Valley City Council for their involvement during the project planning process,” said Mr. Jackson.

“Melbourne Water will continue to engage with stakeholders during construction to reduce the impact of the works as far as we reasonably can,” said Mr Jackson.

“Along with our contractor, we are taking all necessary steps to complete the projects safely and efficiently whilst minimising traffic and noise impacts for the community.”

Construction is expected to commence from October 2015.

The drains are scheduled to be completed and providing flood protection benefits by mid-2016.

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