Barwon Water crews and contractors have been working for the past week to dislodge the major blockage located on Bellerine Street.

To support efforts to clear the blockage and ensure sewer services continue as normal for customers, Barwon Water will carry out additional emergency works on Thursday and Friday.

Barwon Water crews and contractors have been working for over a week to dislodge the blockage which is located nearly 30m below the ground and has been caused by a build-up of non-flushable wet wipes, fats, sanitary items and other rubbish.

Barwon Water General Manager Smart and Sustainable Infrastructure, David Snadden, has thanked local residents and businesses in the works area for their understanding.

“We apologise for noise and possible odour from the use of pumps, machinery and trucks while we carry out these emergency works,” Mr Snadden said. 

“The works are complex due to the depth of the sewer, almost 30m below ground, and are essential to supporting the clearing of this significant blockage.

“Our priority is to ensure the safety of the community and maintenance crews, protecting the environment whilst minimising disruption to local residents and businesses.

“We do need to keep reminding people to not flush wet wipes, fats, sanitary items and other rubbish as this causes sewer blockages that are extremely time consuming and costly to fix.”

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