Gippsland Water will deliver a $2.8 million project to stop sewer backflows in the west end of Traralgon in southeastern Victoria, which includes a new 1.4km main.
The new main will add capacity to the sewer network, so that in times of high wastewater flow, or heavy rain events, the system can cope with the added volume, preventing wastewater from spilling.
Work is underway and is expected to be completed by mid-2017.
The new main will be installed along Grey Street, Boola Court, Wirilda Crescent, Grubb Avenue, Douglas Parade, Inverness Way and James Parade. The works include digging large trenches for sewer pits and underground drilling for pipes.
The 375mm diameter pipe will provide capacity for a one in five year flood, and once complete, heavy rainfall events will pose much less risk of overflowing from the sewer network into the environment or residential properties.
General Manager Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Paul Clark, said investing in capital projects for the future growth and expansion of towns was a major part of his company’s planning objectives, and the project provided great benefits for Traralgon residents.
“As a result of the works the southbound lane of Grubb Avenue is temporarily closed to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and workers.
“A detour is in place along Douglas Parade. Construction of this section of the project was planned for January so most of the works could be completed during the school holidays. Gippsland Water is working hard to complete this section of the project as soon as possible.
“We will continue to work closely with those affected by the works and will provide regular updates. We thank the community for their patience while this important upgrade is being carried out,” Mr Clark said.