The second stage of Central Highlands Water’s Ballarat Sewer Build is now well underway, crossing the Yarrowee River last week.

The $25 million sewer project will provide for another 100 years of growth and safe sanitation for the city, with 6km of duplicated sewer running from Ballarat East to Ballarat South. 

Stage 1 of the project – completed in early 2022 – traversed through the Ballarat central business district, and Stage 2 is being installed alongside the west side of the Yarrowee River, crossing at Hill Street before continuing to Prest Street in Ballarat South. 

The current stage is made up of 2km of new sewer pipeline built primarily underground, with an overhead section towards the southern end of the route. 

CHW Managing Director, Jeff Haydon, said the coordinated approach of all involved to  install the pipe across the river, including timing the works to coincide with suitable weather. 

“As part of the Ballarat Sewer Build we’re working alongside community interest groups to focus closely on environmental and heritage values,” Mr Haydon said. 

“We’ve already been engaging with residents and interested parties around archaeological and revegetation matters. As an extension to this we’re also ensuring the reinstatement of the bluestone lined section of the river, post river-crossing, is done precisely, with each stone individually marked by our stonemason, for replacement in the same place it was prior to the project. 

“All of our team are very appreciative of the ongoing support, interest and understanding of residents, businesses and groups in the works area as we complete this legacy project.”

Ballarat Sewer Build is one critical infrastructure project in CHW’s capital works program, catering for long-term growth and climate adaptation needs in the Central Highlands region. 

Feature image: Ballarat Sewer Build. Provided by CHW.

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