South East Water is commencing a $2.6 million project to renew a pair of eighty-year-old sewer mains spanning the suburbs of Mentone, Parkdale and Mordialloc.

The eight-week project will use innovative relining technology to minimise disruption to the community while extending the life and increasing the reliability of the assets. These large diameter sewers service over 5600 properties between Mentone and Mordialloc, with more than 200 homes directly connected to them.

The sewer sections to be renewed are: along Beach Road from Mundy Street in Mentone to Bear St near Chute Street in Mordialloc, and in between the Nepean Highway and the Frankston railway line, from Flinders Street in Mentone, to White Street near Chute Street in Mordialloc.

Construction is commencing this week at the northern end of each sewer, and will progress in stages in a southerly direction. Water and sewerage services will not be affected by the project.

“Relining the existing sewers not only reduces the risk of blockage and service interruption in the future, but can also be undertaken without the need for costly and disruptive excavation,” said Rohan Ogier, Acting General Manager for Asset Creation at South East Water.

“It enables us to future-proof our network quickly and cost-effectively, while continuing to provide the services our customers expect,” said Mr Ogier.

The majority of works will be undertaken at night from Sunday to Thursday between 8pm and 7am, when flows will be at their lowest, enabling crews to work safely in a ‘dry’ sewer.

Day works may be required for safety or technical reasons. South East Water is working closely with the community to minimise disruption and will notify directly affected residents along the sewer alignment before works commence in their area.

Laura Harvey is a fifteen-year veteran of trade publishing in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Currently she’s the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Energy. During her time in the publishing sector, Laura has seen significant changes to the way the sector operates. What has remained constant throughout her career, whether she’s working on a magazine, a blog post, a video or an event, is her focus on connecting audiences with quality, engaging and thought-provoking content.

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