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Coliban Water is undertaking urgent sewer main relining works along a stretch of Pakenham Street in Echuca, after a recent routine inspection highlighted a serious risk of failure.

Coliban Water Manager Customer Operations, Steve Dunlop, said, “Our proactive camera inspection program showed that this sewer main has significant corrosion and poor structural integrity. 

“That’s why we need to carry out these relining works immediately to ensure there is no interruption of sewer services to the community.

“These works will no doubt be an inconvenience to businesses and locals in Echuca, however the urgency of these works is a case of short-term pain for long-term benefit.

“Our priority is to ensure ongoing provision of sewer services to our customers, which means that leaving the sewer main in its current condition is not an option.”

Works at the site will take place between Tuesday 23 February and Friday 5 March.

A road closure of part of Pakenham Street is planned for Wednesday 24 February and Thursday 25 February, and also on Tuesday 2 March.

The road closure will be Pakenham Street in both directions between Hare and Nish streets. Traffic management will be in place.

Road closure dates may be extended if excavation reveals further work to be completed.

Normal sewer services will continue while the works are underway. 

“The dig site is near the front of Westpac Bank on Pakenham Street, near the intersection with Hare Street, so you will see our crews in the area,” Mr Dunlop said.

“The relining works are carried out by our contractor Interflow, who plan to use a spiral bound plastic system to reline the inside of the pipe.

“This will give it structural integrity for the next 60 years.

“I apologise for the short notice we have provided the community and we hope to complete these works as quickly as we can.”

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