Work has begun on Stage 2 of an important pipeline project that will further secure the water supplies for the Victorian towns of Peterborough and Timboon into the future.

Wannon Water is replacing 2.5 kilometres of the ageing pipeline that transfers drinking water from the Port Campbell water treatment plant to customers in Peterborough and Timboon.

Stage 1 of the project, which saw the first 1.5 kilometres of the pipeline replaced, was completed within budget in September 2013.

Wannon Water Managing Director Grant Green said the $543,000 Stage 2 works will complete the proactive pipeline replacement, ensuring the ongoing security of supply for these towns and catering for future growth.

“Replacing this important water pipeline will reduce the risk of future bursts and major interruptions to the supply of water to our customers,” Mr Green said.

“This critical water supply line has served Peterborough and Timboon well but it is now reaching the end of its serviceable life.

“The Stage 2 construction works will complete the overall pipeline replacement project and ensure that the supply of water to Peterborough and Timboon remains efficient, effective and reliable for the next 80 years.

“The new pipeline is being constructed using a more robust cement-lined ductile iron pipe better suited to the ground conditions, which will reduce the need for costly and disruptive repair works in the area in future years.”

Stage 1 replaced the section of pipeline from the Great Ocean Road to the water reclamation plant in Port Campbell. Stage 2 will continue the replacement from the water reclamation plant through private property to the intersection of Langleys Road and Curdievale Road.

Wannon Water expects only minor water supply interruptions will be required for a small number of customers throughout construction and will notify those customers well in advance of any interruption. No road closures will be required.

Wannon Water also worked closely with Corangamite Shire Council, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the local community in planning the pipeline replacement to avoid any significant impact on native vegetation during construction.

Experienced regional contractor R. Slater & Sons is undertaking the construction works, which are expected to be completed by June 2014, weather permitting.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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